By far the largest manuscript collection of English keyboard music surviving from the 16thth centuries. The scribe of the volume was Francis Tregian the younger, imprisoned in the Fleet prison for recusancy as his father had been until his death there in The book eventually found its way, via the library of Pepusch, into the hand of Richard, Viscount Fitzwilliam, and thus to the Museum that bears his name in Cambridge. He wrote:.
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In his preface to the edition, W. Barclay Squire proposed that the original manuscript had been copied by the younger Francis Tregian ? This speculation has since been discounted in several respects, from the duration of his stay in prison to the reason for his confinement there debt, rather than religious beliefs. It seems certain that the collection was the product of scholarly care and the love of music intended to record and collate popular and well-written music for the virginal.
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Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Anonymous: Alman. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a primary source of keyboard music from the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods in England, i. It takes its name from Viscount Fitzwilliam who bequeathed this manuscript collection to Cambridge University in , where it remains to this day in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Once called Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book , a title that has been abandoned because it has been determined that she never owned it, the manuscript was given no title by its author. It is believed to be the manuscript collection of an amateur keyboard player of the very early 17th century named Francis Tregian the Younger, who copied the entire collection while imprisoned between and in connection with his Catholic sympathies although his authorship is now disputed . There is no authorship attribution in the book itself.
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Various)
The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a primary source of keyboard music from the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods in England , i. It takes its name from Viscount Fitzwilliam who bequeathed this manuscript collection to Cambridge University in It is now deposited in the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge. Although the word virginals or virginal the plural form does not necessarily denote more than one instrument is used today to refer to a specific instrument similar to a small, portable harpsichord , at the time of the book the word was used to denote virtually any keyboard instrument including the organ. It was given no title by its copyist and the ownership of the manuscript before the eighteenth century is unclear. Until Parthenia was printed in about , there was no keyboard music published as such in England, because of the technical complexity of printing keyboard music as opposed to, for example, vocal parts.
The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book