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An Alman, BK117 EKM30

Forster (No 68). [Neighbour, ‘Alman C2’ p 169]

This alman in C major (Ionian) survives anonymously in its only source, but was identified as Byrd’s work in 1973 by Oliver Neighbour, who notes that it is ‘more refined in workmanship than any other in the whole repertory of virginal music.’ The form is similar to the G major alman (BK89), being in three strains, each with a varied repeat, but unlike that work, the whole piece is heard again, with a fully worked out variation. It must be one of Byrd’s most mature compositions, no doubt dating from around 1600 or later.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette alman en ut majeur (mode ionien) est sans attribution dans la source. Elle a été identifiée comme étant de Byrd en 1973 par Oliver Neighbour, qui remarque qu’elle est “d’un travail plus raffiné que n’importe quelle alman dans le répertoire des virginalistes.” La forme est similaire à celle de l’alman en sol majeur (BK89), ayant trois strophes, chacune avec une reprise variée ; mais à la différence de cette pièce, l’œuvre est suivie ici d’une variation complète. Elle date de la maturité du compositeur, ayant été composée sans doute dans les années 1600.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


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


Track 22 on CDS44461/7 CD5 [2'10] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44461/7 disc 5 track 22

Recording date
14 February 1997
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 22
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 5 Track 22
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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