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The volume contains 42 works by William Byrd selected to reflect Byrd's own preferences and demonstrate how his music had matured over time.
My Ladye Nevells Booke by William Byrd, 1591
© British Library
- Manuscript volume Dimensions: 20.8 x 29.2cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £24,000 ( Total: £404,069; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- 1st Marquess of Abergavenny Will Trust
It contains some of Byrd's best-known keyboard music including Carman's Whistle and Sellinger's Round. The volume was completed by John Baldwin, the most famous music scribe of the time, but also shows corrections thought to be by Byrd himself.
?Elizabeth, wife of Sir Henry Nevell of Billingbere; ?Elizabeth I; Sir Henry North of Mildenhall (before 1603); by descent; Mr Haughton, attorney of Clifford's Inn; Mary Nevill, Lady Abergavenny; Charles Burney (before 1789); Thomas Jones, 1814; Robert Triphook; Henry Nevill, XVIII Lord Bergavenny and 2nd Earl of Abergavenny, 1833; by descent in the Nevill family.