William Cranford & the viola da gamba
December 22, 2009
I’ve been quite absorbed by the memory of William Cranford’s Fantasy a4 from two days ago, especially the bizzareness of the opening notes and first section. Summary of current online information as follows:
Published Music for gambas
Stewart McCoy edited Supp. Pub.161 for VdGS UK – Fantasy a5 no.2 trtrTTB.
PRB Productions. Consort Music a3 (ttB/tTB) VC029; Consort Music a4 (ttTB) VC033; Consort Music a5 (3 for ttTTB, 1 for ttTBB) VC031; Six Fantasias a6 (ttTTBB) VC027. Wm Cranford, Ives, Bosley and Sherly: Dance Music for two lyra viols ed. by Joelle Morton.
References in journals and newsletters of gamba societies
Chelys 27 (1999), VdGS UK. David Pinto, “Marsh, Mico and Attributions” p.39f.
VdGS UK Newsletter No.124, Jan.2004. Review of Wm Cranford, Ives, Bosley and Sherly: Dance Music for two lyra viols ed. by Joelle Morton. PRB.
VdGS UK Newsletter No.115, Oct.2001. Review of Consort Music for 3 and 4 viols. Ed. Virginia Brookes. PRB VC029 and 33.
Dublin Marsh Library MS24.2.16. MS fantasias by Ch Gibbons, Lupo,. Cranford and White. Dublin Marsh’s Library MSS Z.33.4.7-12: Consort Music, c1630-50.
British Library Fantasia MSS Add 39550-554. Southgate Coll. Vol.1-V. Five-part fancies by John Ward, Wm White, Tho Ravenscroft, Wm Cranford, Al Ferrabosco, Rich Deering, Wm Bird, Gio Coperario Tho Lupo.
Academic journal articles
Oliver Neighbour. Review of Peter Philips: complete keyboard music by Peter Philips; David J Smith, in Music & Letters vol.82 no.3 Aug.2001, pp.498-501.
Christopher D S Field, Stephen Bing’s copies of Coprario fantasia-suites, in Early Music 1999 vol.27 no.2, pp.311-318.
Andrew Ashbee, Instrumental music from the library of John Browne (1608-1691), clerk of the Parliaments, in Music and Letters 1977(58), 43-59.
The Baltimore Consort has recorded one of his (bawdy) songs, “Here dwells a pretty maid”. The Art of the Bawdy Song, Dorian 90155, 1993.