Byrd Dances
based on music by William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623)

Rodney Sharman
Composition Date: 2009
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Byrd Dances is a transcription for orchestra of keyboard works by William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623), particularly Pavana - the Earle of Salisbury and Second Galliard. The Pavane and Galliard were typically paired together, as were these two by the composer. The former is a processional dance; the latter, a "leaping" dance. I sang Byrd's music in choirs when I was a teenager, but came to know his keyboard music only recently, through the recommendation of musicologist David Metzer. In taking up Byrd's dances, I layer, fragment, extend, and colour the originals in the manner of a fantasia, another genre in which Byrd excelled. The piece is dedicated to Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony.

The transcription was written as part of my composer residency with the Victoria Symphony, funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Premiere Information:
Duncan, BC
Cowichan Theatre
12 Sep 2009
Victoria Symphony
Tania Miller, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 S531by
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 23, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([2], 27 p.) ;
    27 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:

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