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William Byrd

O, Mistris Myne, from the Fitswillam Virginal Book  Play

Michael Tsalka Piano

Recorded on 09/19/2006, uploaded on 01/21/2009

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O, Mistris Myne, From the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book          William Byrd

Although the solo keyboard compositions in today's recital vary widely in their musical style and form, all of them were conceived to a certain extent as vehicles for the growth and development of melodic ideas. The clearest example would be the first selection of the recital, a set of variations on "O mystris mine" by the English virginalist William Byrd (1543 - 1623).  Here the charming and tuneful opening theme, in its day a very popular lute song, is followed by seven variations where the composer displays his vivid and florid musical imagination by decorating the tune with trills, runs, and other fast melodic figures.   Michael Tsalka

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What no choral ?

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