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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

Galliard, BK53

FVB (No 164). [Neighbour, ‘Galliard d2’ p 202]

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Recording details: February 1997
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Produced by John Hayward-Warburton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 44 seconds

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

This galliard survives on its own, with no pavan, and probably dates from the 1580s or perhaps even the 1590s. Certain features of its musical language recall the textures found, in more complex form, in the Quadran galliard. Whereas the third strain of Byrd’s galliards is often livelier than the two previous ones, here he wittily holds it back, a cheekiness that is accentuated in the ornamented repeat.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette gaillarde n’a pas de pavane. Elle date probablement des années 1580, ou peut-être des années 1590. Certains aspects de l’écriture rappellent les textures retrouvées, de façon plus complexe, certes, dans la gaillarde Quadran. Normalement, la troisième strophe d’une gaillarde de Byrd est plus animée que les autres ; ici, en revanche, elle est délibéremment retenue, par un effet presque humoristique, renforcé dans la reprise variée.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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