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La Volta, BK91

Forster (No 5), FVB (No 155). [Neighbour, p 170]

This is a simple keyboard setting by Byrd of an Italian melody known as Italiana in English and Scottish lute sources, such as the Rowallen Lute Book in the Edinburgh University Library. (It also existed in the now-lost ‘Chilesotti Lute Codex’, and from there found its way into Ottorino Respighi’s well-known first suite of Antiche arie e danze per liuto, 1917.) In the lute version, the simple tune is presented with an even simpler drone accompaniment. Byrd’s setting can be seen to be considerably more complex than the original. His harmonies add variety, and after the two strains of the dance have been heard, each with its repeat, he adds a further complete version, with extra ornamentation, exactly along the lines of his other volta, BK90 and the three almans BK10, 11 and 117.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Une simple mélodie italienne, connue sous le nom d’Italiana dans les sources anglaises et écossaises pour luth, comme le livre “Rowallen” de la Edinburgh University Library, est à l’origine de cette composition. Elle existait également dans le fameux “Codex Chilesotti” pour luth, maintenant perdu, d’où elle a été tirée par Ottorino Respighi, qui l’a introduite dans la première suite d’Antiche arie e danze per liuto, 1917. Dans la version pour luth, la petite mélodie est présentée avec un simple bourdon comme accompagnement. On peut donc voir que la version de Byrd est plus riche que l’original. Les harmonies qu’il ajoute apportent de la variété et, après les deux strophes de la danse (chacune avec sa reprise variée), Byrd ajoute une variation complète, avec une ornementation encore plus variée. La structure est donc comparable à l’autre volte, BK90 et aux trois almans BK10, 11 et 117.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


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


Track 2 on CDS44461/7 CD5 [1'24] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDS44461/7 disc 5 track 2

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 5 Track 2
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 5 Track 2
    Release date: September 2010
    Deletion date: October 2018
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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