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*[[Sing ye to our Lord (William Byrd)|<i>Sing ye to our Lord</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sheet/byrd-si3.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sound/byrd-si3.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/source/byrd-si3.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
 
*[[Sing ye to our Lord (William Byrd)|<i>Sing ye to our Lord</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sheet/byrd-si3.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sound/byrd-si3.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/source/byrd-si3.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
 
*[[Susanna fair (1588) (William Byrd)|<i>Susanna fair (1588)</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sheet/byrd-sus.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sound/byrd-sus.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/source/byrd-sus.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
 
 
*[[Susanna fair (1589) (William Byrd)|<i>Susanna fair (1589)</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/c/c7/BYRD-SU3.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/3/3b/BYRD-SU3.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/c/c9/BYRD-SU3.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
 
  
 
*[[This day Christ was born (William Byrd)|<i>This day Christ was born</i>]] - ''2 editions available''
 
*[[This day Christ was born (William Byrd)|<i>This day Christ was born</i>]] - ''2 editions available''
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*[[See those sweet eyes - Love would discharge (William Byrd)|<i>See those sweet eyes - Love would discharge</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sheet/byrd-see.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sound/byrd-see.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/source/byrd-see.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
 
*[[See those sweet eyes - Love would discharge (William Byrd)|<i>See those sweet eyes - Love would discharge</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sheet/byrd-see.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sound/byrd-see.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/source/byrd-see.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
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*[[Susanna fair (1588) (William Byrd)|<i>Susanna fair (1588)</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sheet/byrd-sus.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/sound/byrd-sus.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://wso.williams.edu/cpdl/source/byrd-sus.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
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*[[Susanna fair (1589) (William Byrd)|<i>Susanna fair (1589)</i>]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(&nbsp;[http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/c/c7/BYRD-SU3.pdf {{pdf}}]&nbsp;[http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/3/3b/BYRD-SU3.mid {{mid}}]&nbsp;[http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/c/c9/BYRD-SU3.sib Sibelius 2]&nbsp;)
  
 
*[[This Sweet and Merry Month of May (William Byrd)|<i>This Sweet and Merry Month of May (a 6)</i>]] - ''2 Editions Available''
 
*[[This Sweet and Merry Month of May (William Byrd)|<i>This Sweet and Merry Month of May (a 6)</i>]] - ''2 Editions Available''

Revision as of 01:20, 20 October 2007

Aliases: If his surviving signatures are a representative sample, the composer's preferred spelling of his own name was "Byrde", although on his own publications it also appears as Bird and Byrd. His contemporaries knew him indiscriminately as Byrd(e), Bird(e) and even Burd(e).

Life

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Born: c.1540

Died: 4 July 1623

William Byrd (c.1539-1543 – July 4, 1623) was one of the most celebrated English composers in the Renaissance. His entire life was marked by contradictions, and as a true Renaissance man he cannot be easily categorised. He lived until well into the seventeenth century without writing music in the new Baroque fashion, but his superbly constructed keyboard works marked the beginning of the Baroque organ and harpsichord style. Byrd's life is interesting because of his Roman Catholic sympathies combined with his work in the court of the Anglican Queen Elizabeth I. He composed much music, if intermittently, for the Roman Catholic liturgy, particularly in his later years; the two volumes of Gradualia form a prime example. Possibly as a result of this he did not receive widespread recognition in his lifetime, but was very well respected among the Roman Catholic gentry. In the anti-Catholic frenzy following the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, the first volume of the Gradualia, printed by Thomas East in 1605, was banned in England under penalty of imprisonment as indeed was all of his Catholic music; however his Anglican music— such as the Short Service, and the Responses— has been sung in English cathedrals uninterrupted for the past four centuries.

Biography

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List of choral works

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  • Great Service, The (no sheet music yet)
    • Venite
    • Te Deum
    • Benedictus
    • Creed
    • Magnificat
    • Nunc dimittis

Secular music

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Publications (vocal music only)

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External links

There is no single official Byrd website, but a variety of useful resources can be found scattered widely across the Web. Many of these sites still repeat the (almost certainly) incorrect birthdate of 1543.

Classical.net article Brief biography and long out-of-date discography.
Stainer & Bell's Byrd Home Page Complete list of works, plus links to the Byrd Edition.
John Sankey's keyboard page Includes midi files of the complete keyboard works.
Midiworld Basically a duplicate of John Sankey's site, plus some midl files of non-keyboard works.
Byrd on HOASM Includes useful links and some facsimiles of printed editions.
Goldberg Web Includes an essay by Byrd scholar David Skinner and a partial discography.
William Byrd on Chainki An editable collection of website links on Byrd.