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Alman, BK11

FVB (No 163). [Neighbour, ‘Alman g2’ p 169]

The opening of this work is based loosely on the traditional Romanesca bass, but the work is in Dorian G minor. The usual two strains of an alman are each presented with their simple varied repeats, making four short sections. In each of these, the left hand does little more than strum an accompaniment in a relatively unsubtle Italianate style so perhaps Byrd was only harmonising a pre-existent tune. The whole structure is then repeated again with more elaborate variation, including more left-hand activity and rapid right-hand scales; Byrd here more clearly appropriates the opening material and makes it fully his own. It is difficult to establish a dating for the piece, which could have been composed any time between 1570 and 1600, probably in around 1580.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Le début de cette œuvre est librement basé sur la basse traditionnelle Romanesca, mais elle est en sol mineur (dorien transposé). Les deux strophes habituelles d’une alman ont ici chacune leur reprise variée, ce qui fait quatre parties en tout. Dans chacun de ces paragraphes musicaux, la main gauche fait très peu de choses, à part jouer un accompagnement d’accords dans un style italien, sans grande subtilité. Il est donc probable que Byrd n’ait fait ici qu’ajouter une simple harmonisation à une mélodie empruntée. Mais toute la structure est ensuite répétée, cette fois avec de nouvelles variantes et embellissements, avec nettement plus d’activité pour la main gauche et de grandes gammes pour la main droite. Byrd s’approprie le matériel ainsi, le transformant à sa façon. Il est difficile de dater l’œuvre ; elle a pu être composée entre 1570 et 1600, probablement vers 1580.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
CDS44461/77CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service


Track 8 on CDS44461/7 CD2 [1'22] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDS44461/7 disc 2 track 8

Recording date
18 December 1996
Recording venue
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Recording producer
John Hayward-Warburton
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDA66551/7)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: September 2010
    Deletion date: October 2018
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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