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Parthenia / Rotaru


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92208   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William ByrdJohn BullOrlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alina Rotaru
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Parthenia, or the Maydenhead of the first musicke that was ever printed for the Virginalls, is perhaps the most important early publication of English keyboard music. It was first published either late 1612 or early 1613 and, as its title indicates, was the first printed collection of keyboard music to appear in England. The “mastermind” behind Parthenia was the engraver William Hole, who conceived it as a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth Stuart (the second child and eldest daughter of James VI and I) and Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine. Stage plays, musical performances, mock battles on the Thames, and fireworks were featured in the festivities which accompanied the ceremony. The original dedication to Parthenia contains a Read more somewhat cryptic passage that singles out the “neighbor letters E and F, the vowel that makes so sweet a Consonat, Her notes so linkt and wedded together seeme liuely Hierogliphicks of the harmony of marriage…” The author has linked these two together because they represent the royal couple, E referring to Elizabeth and F to Frederick. These two pitches play a central role in the piece, being the two opening notes and each section following begins alternately on E or F. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude in C major, MB 24 by William Byrd
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Pavan and Galliard in G minor no 2, MB 3 "Sir William Petre" by William Byrd
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1591; England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Galliard in C major no 4, MB 34 "Mistress Mary Brownlow" by William Byrd
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Pavan and Galliards (2) in A minor no 2, MB 15 "The Earl of Salisbury" by William Byrd
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Prelude for keyboard in G major by William Byrd
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6.
Pavan & Galliard for keyboard, "St. Thomas Wake" by John Bull
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
Pavana, for virginal (from Parthenia) by John Bull
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Galliard to the Pavan for keyboard by John Bull
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Galliard by John Bull
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10.
Galliard on the 1st tone, for keyboard, MB22 by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Fantasia a 4, No.1, for viols, MB24 by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12.
Lord Salisbury's pavan and galliard, for keyboard, MB18/19 by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
The queen's command by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14.
Preludes for keyboard, unidentified by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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