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Pavana and Galliarde the vi 'Kinbrugh Good', BK32

Nevell (Nos 20, 21). [Neighbour, ‘Pavan & Galliard C2’ p 190]

Kinborough Good, the daughter of Dr James Good, married Robert Barnewell some time before 1589, so this work was probably composed in the mid 1580s. Byrd’s alternation scheme has led us to expect a work in the major, and indeed this is in Ionian C major. However, instead of the expected ‘8-bar’ work, it is a ‘16-bar’ pavan, running to 96 semibreves. The compositional technique explores a more clearly imitative language than is often found in Byrd’s pavans and galliards. The melody of the galliard could almost be that of a popular folksong, showing how close Byrd always remained to simple song, even in the most carefully composed of his works. The Nevell scribe, John Baldwin, added at the end the words laus sit deo (‘praise be to God’).

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Kinborough Good, la fille du docteur James Good, est devenue l’épouse de Robert Barnewell avant 1589. Cette œuvre doit donc avoir été composée au milieu des années 1580. Le schéma d’alternance utilisé par Byrd jusqu’ici nous fait attendre une pavane en majeur, et en effet celle-ci est en ut majeur (mode ionien). En revanche, là où l’on attendait une pièce “à huit”, on en trouve une “à seize”, avec six sections et quatre-vingt-seize semi-brèves. La technique utilisée ici est plus imitative que d’habitude. La mélodie de la gaillarde aurait presque pu être une chanson populaire, ce qui démontre à quel point Byrd reste toujours proche de la musique quasi folklorique, même dans une œuvre soigneusement travaillée. Le copiste de Nevell, John Baldwin, ajoute à la fin laus sit deo (“que Dieu soit loué”).

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
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Movement 1: Pavana
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Movement 2: Galliarde
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