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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Problems playing this file? Tirsi, di Luca Marenzio. As with many keyboard manuscripts of the time, the pieces were not written for a specific instrument, and most sound happily on all contemporary keyboard instruments, including virginalsharpsichordclavichord and chamber organ. Performed by Ulrich Metzner on a harpsichord of the type used in the early 20th century. Javascript is required for this feature. Renaissance music manuscript sources.

There was a problem with your submission. The period of this music was one of transition from the older principles and systems of notation to modern theories.

The nearly airs, variations, fantasies, toccatas, pavanes, galliards, allemandes, and courantes in these two volumes include some of the finest examples of Elizabethan and Jacobean music: Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered hook greatest of the Victorian era.

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Fitzwilliam Virginal Book

It was issued by Vox Box i. If her Majesty was ever able to execute any of the pieces that are preserved in a MS. Help us improve this article!

As far as Queen Elizabeth’s taste in music went, we have only one, somewhat exaggerated report that describes her skill on the virginals; most authorities mention her dancing rather than her playing, and Burney’s scepticism may well have been justified.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Fuller MaitlandW. A microfilm facsimile of the manuscript is included in The music collections of the Cambridge libraries Woodbridge, Conn. For arrangements, new editions, etc. Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Various This page is only for complete editions and multiple selections from the collection here.

Several composers are known only from pieces in the work. A legend and an alternative view.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Internet URLs are the best. It seems certain that the collection was the product of scholarly care and the love of music intended to record and collate popular and well-written music for the virginal. The pieces herein, while composed for the virginal, can be played without difficulty on piano or any other keyboard instrument. Dover Publications The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was published in — You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how booj or related subjects are covered.

Vjrginal page was last edited on 2 Octoberat Barclay Squire set the music into modern notation, preserving faithfully the intent of the composers. Musica Britannica is preparing a volume dedicated to the “Keyboard Music from Fitzwilliam Manuscripts” [1]. The scribe of the volume was Francis Tregian the younger, imprisoned in the Fleet prison for recusancy as his father had been until his death there in Until Parthenia was printed in aboutthere was no music published as such in England at this time, and like the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, most of the collections of keyboard music were compiled by performers: Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.


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 of the royal taste and technique, and the whole volume as portraying ‘music in the Golden Age’; all these virginl are very far from the truth.

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Voltaire, one futzwilliam the greatest of all Virginxl writers. Thank You for Your Contribution! Musical forms range from the most rebarbative of contrapuntal displays to the most spontaneous character piece; dance forms and rhythms predominate, normally galvanised by variation procedures; evocative titles of popular melodies continue to enhance our misleadingly complacent image of Olde England, while concealing beneath their headings a world of turbulent symbolism and discordant sentiment.

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.

Of unknown origins, the previously scarce collector’s item is now available at popular prices for the first time. 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.