Byrd - Complete Fantasias for Harpsichord | Naxos 8572433

Byrd - Complete Fantasias for Harpsichord

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572433

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th September 2011

Contents

Works

Byrd
Fantasia in G major, No.2

Byrd
Praeludium to the Fancie in A minor

Byrd
Fantasia in A minor

Byrd
Praeludium in C major

Byrd
Fantasia in C major, No.2

Byrd
Fantasia in G minor

Byrd
Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la in G major

Byrd
Ut, mi, re

Byrd
Fantasia in D minor

Byrd
Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la in F major

Byrd
Praeludium in G minor

Byrd
Fantasia in G major

Byrd
Fantasia in C major, No.1

Artists

Glen Wilson (harpsichord)

Works

Byrd
Fantasia in G major, No.2

Byrd
Praeludium to the Fancie in A minor

Byrd
Fantasia in A minor

Byrd
Praeludium in C major

Byrd
Fantasia in C major, No.2

Byrd
Fantasia in G minor

Byrd
Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la in G major

Byrd
Ut, mi, re

Byrd
Fantasia in D minor

Byrd
Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la in F major

Byrd
Praeludium in G minor

Byrd
Fantasia in G major

Byrd
Fantasia in C major, No.1

Artists

Glen Wilson (harpsichord)

About

The fantasia was in the process of being adapted for keyboard from lute and consort music during William Byrdís youth, and his formidable mastery of counterpoint brought the form to a pinnacle equivalent to his matchless vocal works. These splendours combine with lively dances and virtuoso display and quotations from songs of love and death. They also may hold fascinating symbols which mark secret Catholic allegiances, a gift for Elizabeth I, and a memorial to the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots.

Our cover image shows the only possible contemporary impression of Byrd, as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal at the funeral of Elizabeth I.

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