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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and Lady Nevell's Book

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is the most important anthology of 16th and early 17th century English keyboard music in existence. In 2006, the British Library acquired 'My Ladye Nevell's Booke', William Byrd's collection of virginal music and the last significant manuscript of early keyboard music then still in private ownership. The two manuscripts will be displayed here side by side for the first time.

Related events:
Thursday 13 November at 13.15
William Byrd and 'My Ladye Nevells Booke' Lecture by Dr Sandra Tuppen, Curator, Music Collections, The British Library on some of the best-known compositions by William Byrd, the greatest English composer of the sixteenth century, many of which were written especially for 'Ladye Nevell', recently identified as Elizabeth, wife of Sir Henry Nevill of Billingbere in Berkshire.

Friday 14 November at 13.15
Harpsichord Recital by Dr Gerald Gifford focusing on William Byrd's compositions preserved in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and Lady Nevell's Book, and presented on an Italian harpsichord similar to those used in the Tudor court.

Tue 7 October 2008 to Sun 14 December 2008
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