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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

An Almane, BK89

Forster (No 11), FVB (No 156). [Neighbour, ‘Alman G3’ p 169]

Davitt Moroney (muselar)
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 20 seconds

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

Byrd’s almans are usually based on a pre-existent tune in two strains, each heard with its varied repeat and then followed by one or two repeats of the whole. In this little G major work, on the other hand, there are simply three separate strains, each with its varied repeat, rather like a duple metre version of galliard form. The piece is difficult to date. Although the sources are both late (well into the seventeenth century), its notational features suggest that it could have been composed up to fifty years earlier, maybe in the 1570s.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Normalement, les almans de Byrd sont basées sur une mélodie pré-existante en deux strophes, dont chacune a sa reprise variée ; le tout est ensuite repris et varié à nouveau. Dans cette petite pièce en sol majeur, en revanche, il y a simplement les trois strophes, avec leurs reprises variées, un peu comme une gaillarde à deux temps. Elle est difficile à dater. Bien que les sources soient tardives (deuxième décennie du XVIIe siècle), la notation indique qu’elle a pu être composée cinquante ans auparavant, vers 1570.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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