Seven Solutions for Seven Problems: the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book

Smith, David J. (2019) Seven Solutions for Seven Problems: the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. In: Aspects of Early English Keyboard Music before c.1630. Ashgate Historical Keyboard Series . Routledge, London, pp. 163-183. ISBN 9781138088672

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This chapter answers questions posed by Elizabeth Cole in 1953:

What was the book; who made it?
when was it made and where?
How made, and with what motive;
and who in the book did share?

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a vast anthology of keyboard music. Although doubt has been cast on the identification of its scribe, Francis Tregian was probably the copyist. Scribal practice and the contents of the manuscript suggest that copying began in England c.1605. A detailed physical examination of the manuscript and its scribal characteristics shows how it was made and elucidates the motivation lying behind its compilation. Tregian had contact with Catholic composers, and obtained some of his exemplars from Peter Philips on the Continent.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: V300 History by topic
W300 Music
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 May 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 19:16

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