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A Galliard, BK77

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

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


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


Track 21 on CDS44461/7 CD5 [1'03] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDS44461/7 disc 5 track 21

Recording date
18 December 1996
Recording venue
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Recording producer
John Hayward-Warburton
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
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  1. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDA66551/7)
    Disc 5 Track 21
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 5 Track 21
    Release date: September 2010
    Deletion date: October 2018
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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