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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

A Galliard, BK77

Forster (No 55). [Neighbour, ‘Galliard G9’ p 199]

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 3 seconds

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

Although this galliard is not linked in Forster with the pavan BK76, both pieces survive only in that source. However, they were not copied together and it is unlikely that Byrd intended them as a pair. This is Byrd’s shortest galliard, his only ‘4-bar’ work, with each strain only four bars long; it is therefore an unlikely companion for the spacious ‘16-bar’ pavan BK76 (or indeed the seventh Nevell pavan, which is also in G and also lacks a galliard). The textures of the work are somewhat reminiscent of the Eccho galliard although considerably less worked out, and the kind of galliard seems to be the later, slightly less rapid version of the dance. These features suggest it may have been written in around 1590.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette gaillarde ne suit pas, dans Forster, la pavane BK76, présentée sur la plage précédente, mais les deux morceaux existent uniquement dans cette source. Néanmoins, elles ne furent pas copiées ensemble et Byrd ne les a probablement pas conçues comme une paire. C’est la gaillarde la plus courte du compositeur, la seule “à quatre” ; il est donc peu probable que Byrd l’ait envisagée comme compagnon de l’ample pavane “à seize” BK76 (ou, d’ailleurs, de la septième pavane Nevell, qui est également en sol et qui n’a pas de gaillarde). Les textures de cette œuvre rappellent celles de la gaillarde Eccho tout en étant moins abouties. Il s’agit ici du genre plus tardif de gaillarde, moins rapide. Ces caractéristiques indiquent qu’elle a pu être composée vers 1590.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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