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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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a primary source of keyboard music from the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods in England, i. It takes its name from Viscount Fitzwilliam who bequeathed this manuscript collection to Cambridge University inwhere it remains to this day in virrginal Fitzwilliam Museum.

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Once called Queen Elizabeth’s Virginal Book, a title that has been abandoned because it has been determined that she never owned it, the manuscript was given no title by its author. It is believed to be the manuscript collection of an amateur keyboard player of the very early 17th century named Francis Tregian the Younger, who copied the entire collection while imprisoned between and in connection with his Catholic sympathies although his authorship is now disputed [1]. There is no authorship attribution in the book itself.


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: It includes music dating from approximately to by John Bull, Giles Farnaby 51 of whose 52 known pieces are includedWilliam Byrd, Peter Philips and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, as well as many others; there are more than separate pieces.

As with many keyboard manuscripts of the time, the pieces were hook written for a specific instrument at least, none is mentionedand most sound happily on all contemporary keyboard instruments, from the virginals through to chamber organs. Most of the pieces in the book are short, and many fitzwillism them are character pieces with droll and memorable titles, including: The book was not published at the time of its writing, instead remaining a manuscript in private hands.

Since copyright on this edition has now hook, it has been reprinted by Dover Publications and other publishers specializing in reprinting of out-of-copyright editions, and is available inexpensively.


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Retrieved from ” http: This page is only for complete editions and multiple selections from the collection here. Pieces ; For keyboard ; Scores featuring keyboard soloists ; For 1 player ; For 2 guitars, cello arr ; Scores featuring the guitar ; Scores featuring the cello ; For 3 players ; For 2 guitars arr ; For 2 players.

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Pieces from ‘The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book’. Contents 1 Performances 1. Performer Pages Shuwen Zhang Piano. Javascript is required for this feature.

Introductory notes also in German. This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project. Dover Publications Pavlov celloM. Wikipedia article Fitzwilliam Museum.