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Byrd: Complete Fantasias, Preludes, Voluntaries For Harpsichord


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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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Item number 8572433
Barcode 747313243372
Release date 26/09/2011
Category RENAISSANCE
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Glen Wilson
Composers William Byrd
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