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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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Based on Burney’s misidentification, not only has it been wrongly assumed that all the music was intended to be played on the type of instrument that we nowadays know as the virginals, but the composers and their pieces have been taken as representative of the royal taste and technique, and the whole volume as portraying ‘music in vorginal Golden Age’; all these assumptions are very far from the truth.


Unfortunately, our editorial virhinal may not be able to accommodate all contributions. By far the largest manuscript collection of English keyboard music surviving from the 16thth centuries.

Fuller Maitland and W. Barclay Squire set the music into modern notation, preserving faithfully the intent of the composers. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is “the most remarkable, and in many respects the most fitzwillizm collection of Elizabethan keyboard music,” according to Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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. Barclay Squire proposed that the original manuscript had been copied by the younger Francis Tregian ?

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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was published in — Bull was educated as a chorister of the Chapel Royal in London. Wikipedia article Fitzwilliam Museum.

Product Description Product Details The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is “the most remarkable, and in many respects the most valuable collection of Elizabethan keyboard music,” according to Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Richard Strauss used several selections from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book in his opera, Die schweigsame Frauand cited them accordingly at their appearances in the work.

It was once called Queen Elizabeth’s Virginal Booka title that has been abandoned because it has been determined that she never owned it, Another hypothesis, which still has supporters, fitzwililam that it belonged fitzwilliak Francis Tregian the Youngera recusant and amateur musician. It has been argued that Tregian may have copied the entire collection while imprisoned in the period leading up to his death in Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Various This page is only for complete editions and multiple selections from the collection here.


As far as Queen Elizabeth’s taste in music went, we have only one, somewhat exaggerated report that describes her skill on the virginals; most authorities mention her dancing rather than her playing, and Burney’s scepticism may well have been justified.

The period of this music was one of transition from the older principles and systems of notation to modern theories. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: XC and in the Act 3 courtroom scene No. A microfilm facsimile of the manuscript is included in The music collections vriginal the Cambridge libraries Woodbridge, Conn. This page was last edited on 2 Octoberat The first recording of selections from the anthology was made by Joseph Payne in The short octave was widely employed in all four instruments mentioned in the main text.

Pieces from ‘The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book’. Strangely, the Fitzwilluam Squire edition numbers No. In his preface to the edition, W. Fitzwilliam Virginal Book music collection.