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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

La Volta, BK91

Forster (No 5), FVB (No 155). [Neighbour, p 170]

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Recording details: December 1996
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Produced by John Hayward-Warburton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 24 seconds

Cover artwork: Phoenix. A glass window specially designed, made and photographed by Malcolm Crowthers.

This is a simple keyboard setting by Byrd of an Italian melody known as Italiana in English and Scottish lute sources, such as the Rowallen Lute Book in the Edinburgh University Library. (It also existed in the now-lost ‘Chilesotti Lute Codex’, and from there found its way into Ottorino Respighi’s well-known first suite of Antiche arie e danze per liuto, 1917.) In the lute version, the simple tune is presented with an even simpler drone accompaniment. Byrd’s setting can be seen to be considerably more complex than the original. His harmonies add variety, and after the two strains of the dance have been heard, each with its repeat, he adds a further complete version, with extra ornamentation, exactly along the lines of his other volta, BK90 and the three almans BK10, 11 and 117.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Une simple mélodie italienne, connue sous le nom d’Italiana dans les sources anglaises et écossaises pour luth, comme le livre “Rowallen” de la Edinburgh University Library, est à l’origine de cette composition. Elle existait également dans le fameux “Codex Chilesotti” pour luth, maintenant perdu, d’où elle a été tirée par Ottorino Respighi, qui l’a introduite dans la première suite d’Antiche arie e danze per liuto, 1917. Dans la version pour luth, la petite mélodie est présentée avec un simple bourdon comme accompagnement. On peut donc voir que la version de Byrd est plus riche que l’original. Les harmonies qu’il ajoute apportent de la variété et, après les deux strophes de la danse (chacune avec sa reprise variée), Byrd ajoute une variation complète, avec une ornementation encore plus variée. La structure est donc comparable à l’autre volte, BK90 et aux trois almans BK10, 11 et 117.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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