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Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (in two volumes) Vol. 1
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Vol 1 - in two volumes Author:J.A. Fuller Maitland and W. Barclay Squire The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book — The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is the most extensive and widely known collection of late 16th and early 17th-century virginal music. Of unknown origin, compiled probably in the first quarter of the 17th century, this previously scarce collector's item features pieces which can all be played without difficulty on pia... more »no, harpsichord, or any other keyboard instrument.
This Dover edition, first published in 1963, is an unabridged and unaltered republication of the work published by Breitkopf and Hartel in 1899. The 1894-9 edition was reproduced by the editors from the manuscript in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. They set the works into clearer, more modern notation, faithfully preserving the intent of the composers. The period involved was one of transition from the older principles and systems of notation to modern theories of music. this then is a most important document for musicologists and others interested in the history of music.
"The most remarkable, and in many respects the most valuable collection of English 17th-century instrumental music," GROVE'S DICTIONARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.« less