The Bells

byrdbell.nwcAugust 20034.79 kB00:08:13
Composer:Byrd, William (1543-1623), English
Submitter:Alberga, Cyril N
Email:calberga (e-mail)
Transcribed from the Dover reprint of the 1899 edition of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Vol. I, J. A. Fuller Maitland and W. Barclay Squire. A set of divisions: it is not known if the theme is original. Number LXIX in the collection.
Note that certain aspects of the score could not be reproduced in NWC, thus many of the groupings written as triplets should be sextolets, and the ornamentation should be notated using strokes across the stems of the notes, not with grace notes.
One aspect is quite at variance with modern notational conventions.
In particular, the time signature only indicates the basic length of the beats, not the measure lengths. The bars are placed at irregular intervals, matching the phrasing, without the time signature changing.
This NoteWorthy file uses a non standard font. This can be obtained as follows:
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