Famous for composing Liturgies, grounds, madrigals and Elizabethan Dance music eg Pavans and Galliards
Ave Verum Corpus - "Ave Verum" is considered by many to be William Byrd's finest work. It was first published in volume one of his Gradualia in 1605
William Byrd was referred to as "a father of music"
Short Biography, Facts & History about the life of William Byrd - Composer and Musician Elizabethan Musicians composed music for musical instruments and the voice. The Elizabethan Golden Age saw the emergence of the Anthem, the Madrigal, the Masque, the Theatre and the Opera and the emergence of new English music schools. The following are additional facts about the bio, life and history of William Byrd:
Famous English Renaissance Composer
William Byrd sang in the Chapel Royal during the reign of Mary Tudor
Studied with Thomas Tallis
William Byrd married in 1568. His wife is referred to in documents as 'Juliana' or 'Julian' Byrd
William Byrd had seven children - Christopher (baptized in 1569), Elizabeth (baptized early in 1572), Rachell, Mary, Catherine, Thomas (baptized in 1576), and Edward (Thomas's twin brother)
Organist and choirmaster of Lincoln Cathedral
William Byrd became the favourite composer of Queen Elizabeth I and wrote church, consort and vocal music
William Byrd was famous for composing Madrigals and referred to as a member of the English Madrigal School
1575 January 22: William Byrd & Thomas Tallis were granted an exclusive license to print and publish music by Elizabeth I
1575: Byrd and Tallis jointly published Cantiones Sacrae, a collection of 38 Latin motets
Byrd was referred to as a member of the English Madrigal School
Many famous musical works were composed by William Byrd. The patrons of William Byrd included:
Sir Christopher Hatton
Works by William Byrd:
Latin motets or Cantiones Sacrae
Psalmes, Sonets and Songs Songs of Sundrie Natures
Anthems such as 'Sing joyfully'
Ave Verum Corpus
Latin motets printed in his books of Cantiones
Writing songs in the new Baroque fashion
William Byrd died on July 4, 1623, and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Stondon churchyard in Essex
Quote by George Gage "Cultivated by many and admired by all. Master William Byrd. Father of British Music".
Quote by Henry Peacham about William Byrd following his death:
"For motets and music of piety and devotion, as well for the honour of our nation as the merit of the man, I prefer above all our Phoenix, Master William Byrd."
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