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Parthenia

Release date: 28 Oct 2016, DSL-92208

Artists

Alina Rotaru

Composers

William Byrd, John Bull, Orlando Gibbons

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William Byrd: Praeludium in G Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 1) 52:38   $
Praeludium in G Minor (Musica Britannica, Vol. 27, No. 1) 00:42   $
Pavan 04:56   $
Galliard 01:51   $
Prelude in C Major 01:02   $
Galliard in C Major: No. 4. Mistress Mary Brownlow 02:43   $
Pavan 01:41   $
Galliard No. 1 01:07   $
Galliard No. 2 01:58   $
Prelude in G Major 00:50   $
Pavan 02:53   $
Galliard 03:17   $
Pavan No. 2 04:54   $
Galliard to the Pavan 01:44   $
Galliard in D Major 01:43   $
Galliard in D Major 01:29   $
Galliard (Musica Britannica, Vol. 20, No. 24) 02:29   $
Fantasia a 4 05:58   $
Pavan 05:57   $
Galliard 02:18   $
The Queen's command 01:33   $
Prelude No. 2 in G Major 01:33   $
 

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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

Parthenia

Category Solo Instrumental

Period Renaissance

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