Bull, John: Keyboard Music I
Edited by John Steele & Francis Cameron and revised Alan Brown.
First published in 1960, revised 1967 and 2001.
Dimensions (mm): 330 x 254 x 24
In his lifetime Bull’s skills as a composer and performer – as organist at Hereford, then in the Chapel Royal, and lastly at Antwerp – were acknowledged throughout Europe. He stands alongside William Byrd as one of the greatest of English keyboard composers, a stature affirmed by the two Musica Britannica volumes of his complete oeuvre. The first of them includes among its contents all his known organ music. In general, the fantasias, In Nomines and plainsong settings, carols, ostinati, preludes and keyboard canons found here represent the more austere, intellectual aspect of his genius, though the ‘immense finger-skill’, as Dart described it, is common both to the music of this volume and the more relaxed, fanciful dances and variations in the complementary MB19. The musical texts of the third edition have been newly checked against the sources, amendments having been made to a majority of the pieces. The Textual Commentary is also thoroughly revised.