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BYRD, W.: Fantasias for Harpsichord (Complete) (G. Wilson)

Composer(s)AnonymousBull, JohnByrd, William
Artist(s) Wilson, Glen, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572433
Label / Series Naxos / Early Music Collection
Quality   320kbps
 
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The fantasia was in the process of being adapted for keyboard from lute and consort music during William Byrd’s 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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BYRD, W.: Fantasias for Harpsichord (Complete) (G. Wilson) 1:17:29   
  Praeludium in G Major (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, No. 117) 1:26       
  Fantasia in G Major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 62) 9:20       
  Praeludium to the Fancie in A Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 12) 0:50       
  Fantasia in A Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 13) 8:12       
  Praeludium in C Major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 24) 1:02       
  Fantasia in C Major, No. 2 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 25) 6:14       
  Fantasia in G Minor (Music Britannica, Vol. 55, No. 55) 4:16       
  Ut re mi fa sol la in G Major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 64) 9:22       
  Ut mi re (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 65) 8:03       
  Prelude: Doric Music (Musica Britannica, Vol. 14, No. 59) 1:54       
  Fantasia in D Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 46) 5:39       
  Praeludium (attrib. W. Byrd) (Musica Britannica, Vol. 55, No. 3) 1:14       
  Ut re mi fa sol la in F Major (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 58) 4:33       
  Praeludium in G Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 1) 0:41       
  Fantasia in G Major, No. 3 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 28, No. 63) 5:08       
  Fantasia in C Major, No. 1 (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 26) 9:35       
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