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Alina Rotaru plays harpsichord works of John Bull, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons - "Parthenia" / Alina Rotaru, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
>Byrd, William : Pavan & Galliard ("Sir William Petre"), for keyboard in G minor no 2, MB 3
>Byrd, William : Galliard ("Mistress Mary Brownlow"), for keyboard in C major, no 4, MB 34
>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliards (2) in A minor no 2, MB 15 "The Earl of Salisbury"
>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in G major
>Bull, John : Pavan & Galliard for keyboard, "St. Thomas Wake"
>Bull, John : Pavana, for virginal (from Parthenia)
>Bull, John : Galliard to the Pavan for keyboard
>Bull, John : Galliard
>Gibbons, Orlando : Galliard on the 1st tone, for keyboard, MB22
>Gibbons, Orlando : Fantasias (9) à 3
>Gibbons, Orlando : Pavane and Galliard "Lord Salisbury"
>Gibbons, Orlando : The Queen's Command, for keyboard, MB28
>Gibbons, Orlando : Preludes for keyboard, unidentified
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Notes & Reviews:

Parthenia, or the Maydenhead of the first musicke that was ever printed for the Virginalls, is perhaps the most important early publication of English keyboard music. It was first published either late 1612 or early 1613 and, as its title indicates, was the first printed collection of keyboard music to appear in England. The "mastermind" behind Parthenia was the engraver William Hole, who conceived it as a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth Stuart (the second child and eldest daughter of James VI and I) and Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine. The extravagant wedding almost bankrupted King James, and took place on February 14, 1613. Stage plays, musical performances, mock battles on the Thames, and fireworks were featured in the festivities which accompanied the ceremony. The original dedication to Parthenia contains a somewhat cryptic passage that singles out the "neighbor letters E and F, the vowel that makes so sweet a Consonat, Her notes so linkt and wedded together seeme liuely Hierogliphicks of the harmony of marriage... " The author has linked these two together because they represent the royal couple, E referring to Elizabeth and F to Frederick. These two pitches play a central role in the piece, being the two opening notes and each section following begins alternately on E or F.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015).



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>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Pavan & Galliard ("Sir William Petre"), for keyboard in G minor no 2, MB 3
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in C major, MB 24
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Galliard ("Mistress Mary Brownlow"), for keyboard in C major, no 4, MB 34
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliards (2) in A minor no 2, MB 15 "The Earl of Salisbury"
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude for keyboard in G major
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bull, John : Pavan & Galliard for keyboard, "St. Thomas Wake"
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bull, John : Pavana, for virginal (from Parthenia)
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bull, John : Galliard to the Pavan for keyboard
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bull, John : Galliard
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : Galliard on the 1st tone, for keyboard, MB22
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : Fantasias (9) à 3
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : Pavane and Galliard "Lord Salisbury"
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Gibbons, Orlando : The Queen's Command, for keyboard, MB28
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Gibbons, Orlando : Preludes for keyboard, unidentified
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (10/05/2015-10/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance