The Second Set of Madrigales to 3.4.5. and 6. parts, apt both for Voyals and Voyces. Newly Composed. [5 of 6 parts]
by WILBYE, John 1574-1638
London: Thomas Este alias Snodham, for John Browne, 1609. Scarce. STC 25619a. BUC p. 1081. RISM W 1066. "Wilbye's Second Set of Madrigales (1609) is the finest English madrigal collection... in Happy, O happy he this restrained seriousness is blended with a more madrigalian language to produce one of the noblest pieces in the volume. In general, however, Wilbye used a thoroughly madrigalian style that is fully formed and consistent. His exploitation of repetition, and especially of sequences, is here greatly extended to become one of the most notable features of his style... The canzonet manner remains a major factor in the collection, but it is now used with far more resourcefulness so as to produce, in such pieces as the madrigal Sweet hony sucking bees, one of the most extended and impressive pieces in the volume. A strengthening of counterpoint is seen in other pieces, where a more complex texture is generated by shapely yet sinewy points deployed in broader paragraphs. This feature is found in Fly not so swift and Love not me for comely grace... Wilbye's ability to penetrate beneath the surface of a text was unsurpassed among the English madrigalists, and his control of an evolving or changing emotional state is splendidly exemplified in All pleasure is of this condition, which proceeds from joy to grief, and Stay Coridon thou swaine, which unfolds an experience of mounting excitement." David Brown in Grove Music Online.. Quarto (ca. 210 x 160 mm). Cantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus, and Sextus partbooks (lacking Quintus). Stitched in early marbled wrappers with manuscript titling in black ink to uppers. Typeset music throughout. Titles of Cantus, Bassus, and Sextus parts within ornamental woodcut border; several large woodcut historiated initials and ornamental tailpieces. 4 parts with a dedication to Lady Arabella Stuart. Cantus: 1f. (title), [i] (dedication), [i] (table of contents), 20ff. Paper label with " Wilby's Madrigals in 5 parts. 1609. Mr. Hawkins Hist. of Music" in manuscript in black ink to upper. Altus: [i] (dedication), [i] (table of contents), 20ff. Tenor: 16ff. Bassus: 1f. (title), [i] (dedication), [i] (table of contents), 20ff. Sextus: 1f. (title), [i] (dedication), [i] (table of contents), 6ff.Wrappers rather worn; uppers of Cantus and Tenor parts detached. Somewhat browned; light to moderate dampstaining; upper margins closely trimmed, just touching some running heads, primarily in Cantus and Bassus parts; some leaves reinforced with early paper at blank margins; occasional small tears, perforations, or slight loss to blank margins, affecting several letters and noteheads; blank margins of several pages with early scribbles in black ink. Lacking title to Altus part and title, dedication and table of contents to Tenor part; title, dedication, and contents of Sextus part partially lacking, affecting several words. (Inventory #: 26853)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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