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Wilson's Wilde, BK37

FVB (No 157). [Neighbour, p 158]

This C major (Ionian mode) setting of a popular Elizabethan tune is considerably less complex than usual. Perhaps Byrd made it for a pupil with limited keyboard skills. After the full statement of the melody, there is only one further variation. The form is an ABCC quatrain, well known from verse stanza form; it is found in several other works, such as the C major Corranto (BK45) and The Mayden’s songe (BK82). Titled Wolseys Wilde in the FVB, the little work has the title Wilson’s Wilde in Forster (No 10, although only the title, without the music, was copied out) and the tune is known in other sources under that name.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette version en ut majeur (mode ionien) d’une chanson populaire élisabéthaine est nettement moins complexe que d’habitude. Peut-être Byrd l’a-t-il faite pour un élève dont les moyens musicaux étaient limités. Après l’énoncé de la mélodie complète, il n’y a qu’une seule vraie variation. La forme est un quatrain “ABCC”, bien connu des poètes ; on le retrouve dans d’autres œuvres de Byrd, telles la Corranto en ut majeur (BK45) et The Mayden’s songe (BK82). Intitulé Wolseys Wilde dans le FVB, cette petite pièce porte aussi le titre de Wilson’s Wilde dans Forster (n° 10, mais seul le titre, sans la musique, a été copié) et la mélodie est connue ailleurs sous ce même nom.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


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