The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Complete Edition
The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (3 voll). Complete Edition. 1290 pages in three volumes. Complete background notes, Notes on performance style, Full critical commentary, Colour hardback cover with a matt finish. Elegante copertina rigida
Informazioni su questo articolo: The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is the most important source of Elizabethan and early Jacobean keyboard literature to have come down to us. Its 297 pieces represent the most influential composers of the age, and such names as William Byrd, John Bull, Peter Philips and Giles Farnaby stand alongside slightly lesser-known figures such as Giovanni Picchi and Jehan Oystermayre. It is the only source of many of the pieces it contains and stands as a testament to the remarkable variety of English music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Dated c. 1614-1617, the manuscript was copied by the catholic recusant, Francis Tregian, reputedly during his incarceration in London’s notorious Fleet Prison, where he was held for the non-payment of debt. Yet it would be nearly 300 years before the first edition was made available to the public, which was undertaken in 1899 by William Barclay Squire and John Alexander Fuller Maitland. Although pieces from the FVB have appeared in various anthologies including the renowned Musica Britannica series, no new version (apart from a slight revision of Barclay Squire and Fuller Maitland’s books) has been published. Representing over 18 months of work by its editors, Francis Knights and Jon Baxendale, this new edition corrects the 10,000 errors found in the manuscript.
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