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BYRD, William
b Lincolnshire, 1543
d Stondon Massey, Essex, 4 July 1623, aged eighty

He was organist at Lincoln Cathedral in 1563. In 1570 he was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and at the end of 1572 he moved to London to become joint organist with Tallis at the Chapel Royal. In 1577 he moved to Middlesex, where his wife died. In 1593 he moved to Stondon Massey and remarried, his second wife dying in 1605.

1575 (32)

p Seventeen Motets

c1586 (c43)

p A Printed Broadside, for six voices

1588 (45)

p Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs

1589 (46)

p Cantiones sacrae, Book I, twenty-nine motets for five voices

p Songs of Sundrie Natures

1591 (48)

p Cantiones sacrae, Book 11, twenty motets for five voices; twelve motets for six voices

1605 (62)

p Gradualia, Book I, thirty-two motets for five voices; twenty motets for four voices; eleven motets for three voices

1607 (64)

p Gradualia, Book II, nineteen motets for four voices; seventeen motets for five voices; nine motets for six voices

1611 (68)

p Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets


Latin Mass to three voices

Latin Mass to four voices

Latin Mass to five voices

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