The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is “the most remarkable, and in many respects the most valuable collection of Elizabethan keyboard music,”. Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, also called (erroneously) Queen Elizabeth’s Virginal Book, an early 17th-century English manuscript collection of pieces for. In Vol.1 of this series, the tireless Pieter-Jan Belder gave us vivid and vivacious performances of 35 of these nearly pieces–a very welcome set (Fitzwilliam.

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Javascript is required for this feature. Most vigginal the pieces in the book are short, and many of them are character pieces with droll and memorable titles, including: If her Majesty was ever able to execute any of the pieces that are preserved in a MS.

Retrieved from ” http: The pieces herein, while composed for the virginal, can be played without difficulty on piano or any other keyboard instrument. The book was not published at the time of its writing, instead remaining a manuscript in private hands. Renaissance music manuscript sources. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a primary source of keyboard music from the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods in England, i.

Parte intavolata di Pietro Phillipi. They appear at ritualized moments in the action to provide commentary and atmosphere in the Act 2 marriage scene No.

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Bull was educated as a chorister of the Chapel Royal in London. As a Jacobean document, however — the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was only begun six years after the Queen’s death — Tregian’s choice of music reflects the taste of an imprisoned recusant rather than a ruling monarch, and leans heavily on the work of exiles Peter PhilipsJohn Bullfellow recusants William Byrd and personal friends Giles Farnaby.


From the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. Dover Publications The first recording of selections from the anthology was made by Joseph Payne in Fuller Maitland and W. This page is only for complete editions and multiple selections from the collection here.

Wikimedia Commons has media related gitzwilliam Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Based on Burney’s misidentification, not only has it been wrongly assumed that all the music was intended to be played on the type of instrument that we nowadays know as the virginals, but the composers and their pieces have been taken as representative vitzwilliam the royal taste and technique, and the whole volume as portraying ‘music in the Golden Age’; all these assumptions are very far from the truth.

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Strangely, the Maitland Squire edition numbers No. Thank You for Your Contribution! Several composers are known only from pieces in the work. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was published in — Although the word virginals or virginal the plural form does not necessarily denote more than one instrument is used today to refer to a specific instrument similar to a small, portable harpsichordat the time of the book the word was used to denote virtually any keyboard instrument including the organ.

Until Parthenia was printed in aboutthere was no keyboard music published as such in England, because of the technical complexity of printing keyboard music as opposed to, for example, vocal virgnal. Views Read Edit View history. Of unknown origins, the previously scarce collector’s item is now available at popular prices for the first time. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.


The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is “the most remarkable, and in many respects the most virginla collection of Elizabethan keyboard music,” according to Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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Vox Records as a three-LP boxed set and features Payne performing three album sides on harpsichord a modern Eric Herz instrument and three sides on organ. The short octave was widely employed in all four instruments mentioned in the main text. At the time the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was put together most collections of keyboard music were compiled by performers: Contact fitzeilliam editors with your feedback.

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The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Help us improve this article! Pieces ; For keyboard ; Scores featuring keyboard soloists ; For 1 player ; Virgina, 2 guitars, cello arr ; Scores featuring the guitar ; Scores featuring the cello ; For 3 players ; For 2 guitars arr ; For 2 players.

This, then, is a most important document for musicologists and others interested in the history of music.

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