The Dow Partbooks: hope at the bottom of Pandora’s box…
August 14, 2011
I ought not dismiss yesterday as a complete failure. At the very least, I’ve discovered:
* Jean Maillard (“T.Dies”), Ascendo. A nice bright and bouncy piece to be taken at a goodly tempo for five viols without words. Some motets for 4+ voices published by A&R.
* Anon. In terrors trapp’d. Need to check out Musica Britannica vol.22 and compare with partbooks.
* William Byrd, If women could be fair. Another bouncy tune of engaging complexity (cross-rhythms based on 6/2) from the master.
* William Byrd, Deus venerunt gentes. The Dow Partbooks include the Tercia pars (“Effuderunt”) of this extended piece for five voices.