La Verginella (Byrd, William)

Sheet Music

Scores and Parts

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Agarvin (2013/4/24)

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Editor Allen Garvin
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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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Soprano and 2 Lutes (Höger)

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Arranger Anton Höger
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Misc. Notes Intabulation in French lute-tablature (g-Lutes). If performed I would look forward about a small reference to my efforts.
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For Soprano and 2 Guitars (Höger)

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Arranger Anton Höger
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General Information

Work Title La Verginella
Alternative. Title
Composer Byrd, William
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. T 234
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWB 135
Key G minor
First Publication. 1588 in Psalmes, Sonets and Songs
Librettist Lodovico Ariosto (1474–1533)
Language Italian (+ translations)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation voice, consort instruments (or 5 voices)
Extra Information This piece 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 and Songs, with all 5 parts texted with the Italian, also in Musica Transalpina, Book 1, translated into English as "The Fayre Young Virgin".

Misc. Comments

  • 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.