The bella (John Taverner)

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Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2023-01-23).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 273 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from the 'xx songes' of 1530 and the 'Drexel fragments' of c.1515 and completed editorially: for more information see the critical commentary. Original pitch and note values retained. Two missing lines of the poem have been reinvented editorially (NB: I might change my mind about these).

General Information

Title: The bella
Composer: John Taverner
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SSST or SAAT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: Earliest MS c. 1515.
Description: This is an attempt to complete a song by Taverner that has survived in a seriously incomplete state. Fortunately, some missing notes can be restored from those that survive. Additionally it seems that Taverner's verses consisted substantially of duets, so that the losses are not quite as bad as at first appears.

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