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Bull, John: Keyboard Music I


Edited by John Steele & Francis Cameron and revised Alan Brown
First published in 1960, revised 1967 and 2001
Pages: 216
Format: Hardback
Dimensions (mm): 330 x 254 x 24
Weight: 1.6kg

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.

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Alleluia: Per te (I) (by Tallis?)
Alleluia: Post Partum (II: canon 2 in 1) (by Tallis?)
Canon 2 in 1, with a running bass (by Tallis?)
Canon 4 in 2
Carol ‘Den Lustelijcken Meij’ (1622) (Clemens Non Papa, set by Bull)
Carol ‘Een Kindeken is ons geboren’ (I)
Carol ‘Een Kindeken is ons geboren’ (II)
Carol ‘Een Kindeken is ons geboren’ (III in D)
Christe Redemptor omnium
Dorick: 4 parts (for consort)
Dorick Music: 3 parts
Dorick Music: 4 parts
Dorick Prelude (I) (by Cosyn?)
Dorick Prelude (II)
Dorick Prelude (III)
Fantasia (attributed to Orlando Gibbons)
Fantasia (by Cosyn?)
Fantasia (Chromatic)
Fantasia (Duo) (No. 10 in volume)
Fantasia (Duo) (No. 11 in volume)
Fantasia in the Eighth Mode on ‘Re, re, re, sol, ut, mi, fa, sol’ (by Sweelinck?)
Fantasia in the Fifth Mode
Fantasia in the Sixth Mode (by Cornet?)
Fantasia in the Sixth Mode on ‘A Leona’
Fantasia on a theme by Sweelinck (1621)
Fantasia on a theme from ‘La Guamina’
Fantasia on ‘Vestiva i colli’ (I)
Fantasia on ‘Vestiva i colli’ (II)
Fantasia (Prelude?)
God save the King
In Nomine (I)
In Nomine (II)
In Nomine (III)
In Nomine (IV)
In Nomine (V)
In Nomine (VI)
In Nomine (VII)
In Nomine (VIII) (by Tomkins?)
In Nomine (IX: in 11/4)
In Nomine (X)
In Nomine (XII: in D)
Jam lucis orto sidere (2 verses) (by Tallis?)
Miserere (I: 3 settings)
Miserere (II)
Miserere (III)
Prelude and Carol ‘Laet ons met herten reijne’
Prelude and Fantasia
Prelude and Fantasia in the Eighth mode on ‘Sol ut, mi fa sol la’
Prelude and In Nomine (XI)
Prelude and Veni Redemptor gentium (II)
Salvator mundi (I: 3 settings)
Salvator mundi (II)
Salvator mundi (III) (by Tallis?)
Salve Regina (I: 5 verses)
Salve Regina (II: 2 verses: incomplete?)
Telluris ingens conditor (7 verses) (by Tallis?)
Te lucis ante terminum (by Tallis?)
Ut re mi fa sol la (I: Chromatic)
Ut re mi fa sol la (II: Treble ostinato)
Ut re mi fa sol la (III: 5 parts)
Veni Redemptor gentium (I)
Vexilla regis prodeunt (4 verses) (by Tallis?)
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