A Fancie (trombone quartet)

By: William Byrd
For: Quartet of Trombones
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Composer
William Byrd
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Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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No. 36 of the virginals collection, My Ladye Nevells Booke, compiled in 1591, this piece is an extension of the shorter 'point', in which a fragment of melodic material is briefly discussed. There are some swift runs, and the 1st part is a specialist alto part (ascending to high E).

The given tempi and dynamics are mine, and I have replaced Byrd's original barring with a regular 2/2, which is more intuitive to modern eyes.

N.B. The ornaments may look like subdivisions of notes, but the meanings are rather different! I have retained the ornamental signs from the original, as the meanings are not conveyed very accurately by other available ornament signs. A single stroke through a stem implies a run up of two notes to the note in question; a double stroke implies a mordent that may extend into a trill or something more decorative, dependent on context and the player's individual style. Omitting any ornament is also perfectly acceptable.

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