William Byrd : Pavan, The Earle of Salisbury

A Pavan is one of the many types of popular dances from the Renaissance Period composed by William Byrd and other composers of the time. It was common practice for a Pavan (usually 4 beats in a bar) to be followed by a Galliard, which is another type of dance with a contrasting 3 beats in a bar. However "The Earle of Salisbury" Pavan has two Galliards. This is a video of the Pavan being played, though it has been pointed out that a Pavan should be slower than this - scroll down to see the sheet music.



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