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William Byrd

William Byrd (Composer)

Born: c. 1540, Lincoln

Died: 4th July 1623, Stondon Massey

Nationality: English

William Byrd was an English composer of the Renaissance. Widely considered to be one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance and one of the greatest British composers, he had a huge influence on composers both from his native England and those on the continent. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard (the so-called Virginalist school), and consort music. Although he produced sacred music for Anglican services, sometime during the 1570s he became a Roman Catholic and wrote Catholic sacred music later in his life.

Further Reading: Byrd

 Recording of the Week, Byrd and Bull from Kit Armstrong

The American pianist makes the case for considering the two Tudor virginalists William Byrd and John Bull as the founding fathers of the solo piano genre.

 Recording of the Week, Byrd and more from the Magdalena Consort and friends

The Magdalena Consort, Fretwork and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts join forces for a second volume of English verse-anthems presented in glorious instrumental Technicolor.

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