The Spanish Pavan comes from a collection of keyboard pieces from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Originally this collection of pieces was given no title by its copyist. The ownership of the manuscript before the eighteenth century is also unclear. At the time the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was put together most collections of keyboard music were compiled by performers: other examples include Will Forster's Virginal Book, Clement Matchett's Virginal Book, and Anne Cromwell's Virginal Book.
The Spanish Pavan comes from book 2 and is arranged here for cello quartet.
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