William Bryd (1540-1623) :
- Recorder Orchestra: SnSATTBBGbCb
- Score + 9 Parts (+ additional Gb part in treble clef)
- Level: Upper Intermediate +
Transcription for recorder orchestra of Byrd’s complete set of variations originally for keyboard instruments.
Arranged by Charles Coldwell.
The tune of Sellinger’s (or Sellenger’s) Round was quite popular in the 16th and 17 centuries, and was sometimes known as “The Beginning of the World” or “St. Leger’s Round.” Many ballads were set to it, and it is mentioned in numerous literary and dramatic text of the time. As a dance tune, it was a popular tune for dancing around a Maypole, and also it appeared in Playford’s Dancing Master.
William Byrd’s nine variations on Sellinger’s Round survive in two manuscript collections of music for virginals or harpsichord: My Lady Nevells Booke and the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. In Byrd’s original keyboard setting, the melody moves between the upper two parts, sometimes lost within Byrd’s elaborate figurations. What is noticeable is that the inner-voices seem very “part like,” as if they were condensed from a version for instruments. Some variations are quite homophonic, like an instrumental dance piece; while other variations are more contrapuntal, with imitative entrances or passages.
While Byrd’s original keyboard setting can be transcribed for four instruments quite nicely (which is also available as ED-R01503), but it also works as an arrangement for recorder orchestra, by essentially distributing the voices among 4’ and 8’ recorder consorts and mimicking late renaissance double-choir music by alternating between tutti and the 4’ and 8’ “choirs.”
Our transcription of Sellinger’s Round is based on the original versions from two manuscript collections of music for virginals, or harpsichord: My Lady Nevells Booke and the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. It retains the original key and includes all nine of Bryd’s variations. This work is most suitable for Upper Intermediate or Advanced players (rapid eighth-note passage work in some variations).
BYRD – Sellinger’s Round (Recorder Orchestra)
- Brand: Editions Dolcimelo
- Product Code: ED-L01502
- Availability: Pre-Order