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5-Part Consort Music, Volume 1: The Fantasies - Score and parts

By Byrd

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5 instruments or viols
Composed by Byrd. Miscellaneous Music, String Quartets, Quintets etc.. English Instrumental Music. Score and Parts. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPMEM21).

Item Number: MM.LPMEM21

The surviving consort music of William Byrd (1543 - 1623) is quite modest in quantity, compared to that of many English musicians of the following generation, but it is of impeccable quality. The most striking feature is the composers effortless mastery of counterpoint, and ability to develop material without resorting to instrumental padding. His music is clearly that of a musician whose main form of composition revolved round the discipline of setting words, and developing the melodic fragments and rhythms that stem from those words.

About English Instrumental Music

c. 1600. Some of the English music of this period is suitable only for viols but there's plenty written in a style that makes sense on all kinds of instruments. That is what is produced in this series. Available as score and parts.

  • Fantasia 
  • Preludium and Ground - The Queens Good Night 
  • Browning (The Leaves Be Green) 
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