Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Volume 5

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Composer: John Munday, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Morley
Artists: Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord)
Cornelis Bom, 2003, Italian harpsichord after Giusti Gerhard Boogaard, 2012, Flemish harpsichord after Ruckers Titus Crijnen, 2014, Flemish harpsichord after Ruckers (1624

Pieter-Jan Belder continues his superb survey of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, an extraordinary manuscript compiled in the late 16th century and held in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. In this, the fifth volume, Belder explores the music of some of the Book’s best known composers, such as Thomas Tallis, John Munday and Thomas Tomkins. Some of these pieces reflect the zenith of Elizabethan and Jacobean keyboard music: the sweet melody of Munday’s ‘Goe from my window’ is still popular today, and his somewhat doleful ‘Munday’s Joy’ is a miniature but perfect example of the harpsichord innovations of the time. Taking inspiration from the medieval tradition of organ improvisations added to a sung offertory, Thomas Tallis’s ‘Felix namque’ showcases the composer’s masterly use of polyrhythms, shifting accents and tempo changes over a static cantus firmus. Thomas Morley – a student of John Byrd – regularly wrote for consorts of instruments, betraying a highly polyphonic style in his keyboard music. The final Thomas – Tomkins – was also a student of Byrd. As one of the last of a dying breed of virginalists, his short but exquisite pieces here highlight the ultimate perfection of the virginalist style.

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John Munday:
0:00:00 Munday’s Joy
0:01:24 Fantasia III
0:04:57 Fantasia II
0:08:29 Goe from My Window
0:13:14 Robin

Ferdinando Richardson:
0:15:21 Pavana IV
0:18:06 Variatio V
0:20:54 Galiarda VI
0:22:37 Variatio VII

0:24:35 Muscadin XIX
0:25:16 Pavana M.S. XVI
0:27:25 The Irishe Ho-Hoane XXVI
0:28:28 Praeludium XXV

Ferdinando Richardson:
0:29:47 Pavane XXVII
0:32:37 Variatio XXVIII
0:35:59 Galiarda XXIX
0:37:51 Variatio XXX

0:40:04 Alman XX
0:42:01 Praeludium XXII

Thomas Tallis:
0:42:53 Felix namque I, CIX

0:51:59 Praeludium “El. Kiderminster” XXIII

Thomas Tallis:
0:53:05 Felix Namque II, CX

1:03:19 Can shee CLXXXVIII

Thomas Morley:
1:05:06 Alman CLII
1:06:37 Pavan CLXIX
1:12:23 Galliard CLXX
1:15:19 Nancie XII
1:19:58 Pavan CLIII
1:25:44 Galiard CLIV
1:28:10 Morley Fantasia CXXIV
1:33:44 La volta CLIX
1:35:03 Worster Braules CCVII
1:36:27 Pavana CXXIII
1:43:19 The Hunting Galliard CXXXII
1:45:15 Pakington’s Pownde CLXXVIII

1:47:28 The Irishe Dumpe CLXXIX
1:48:49 The King’s Morisco CCXLVII
1:49:54 A Toye CCLXIII
1:50:52 Dalling Alman CCLXXXVIII
1:52:08 Watkins Ale CLXXX

Edmund Hooper:
1:53:03 Coranto CCXXI
1:54:20 Alman CCXXII
1:55:30 Corrãto CCXXIII
1:56:24 Corranto CCXXIV
1:56:58 Corrãto CCXXV
1:58:10 Corrãto CCXXVI
1:59:16 Alman CCXXVII
2:00:56 Corranto CCXXVIII

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