La Verginella (Byrd, William)

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 Complete Score
#278607 - 0.39MB, 4 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 869x

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 Complete Parts
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PMLP452313-10-la verginella---0-score.pdf

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Publisher Info.:

Dallas: Hawthorne Early Music, 2013.


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Misc. Notes:

This is the consort setting from the Dow partbooks.


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General Information

Work Title La Verginella
Alternative Title
Composer Byrd, William
Key G minor
First Publication 1588 in Psalmes, Sonets and Songs
Librettist Lodovico Ariosto (1474–1533)
Language Italian
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation voice, consort instruments (or 5 voices)

Misc. Comments

  • This piece by Byrd exists in several forms. It appeared in more than one manuscript in the 1580s as a consort song. In 1588 it was reworked and appeared in two important published books: Byrd's own Psalmes, sonets, & songs, with all 5 parts texted with the Italian, and also in the Musica Transalpina, translated into English as "The Fayre Young Virgin".
  • The text, an ottava from canto I of Orlando Furioso, was the single most popular text by Ariosto in the 16th century among madrigal writers. James Haar identifies 19 separate settings of it, including Byrd's own.
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