Byrd Masses


 

Stephen Darlington rehearsing with the choristers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

 

The Three Mass Settings of

William Byrd

 (1534/43 – 1623)

 

 "In 1593 he [William Byrd] moved with his family to the small village of Stondon Massey in Essex, and spent the remaining thirty years of his life there, devoting himself more and more to music for the Roman liturgy. He published his three settings of the Mass Ordinary between 1592 and 1595, and followed them in 1605 and 1607 with his two books of Gradualia, an elaborate year-long musical cycle."  --- Wikipedia on William Byrd.

Click to read about William Byrd in Wikipedia  [BNQ]   [CML]

(To follow the text of the Mass settings in Latin with an English translation while listening, right-click the musical selection, then left-click on "Open in New Tab," then right-click here, then left-click on "Open in New Window.")

The Masses of William Byrd performed by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington conducting.  Recorded at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire.

Dorchester Abbey

Click to hear William Byrd, Mass for Four Voices (1592-93):  entire work, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus / Benedictus, Agnus Dei.

Click to hear William Byrd, Mass for Three Voices (1593-94):  entire work, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus / Benedictus, Agnus Dei.

Click to hear William Byrd, Mass for Five Voices (1594-95):  entire work, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus / Benedictus, Agnus Dei.

   

The Tallis Scholars

Click to hear three movements of Byrd, Mass for Three Voices (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus), sung by The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips conducting.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices, sung by L'Ensemble vocal Pythagore, in 1995 in Auxerre, Géraldine Toutain conducting.

 

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei) performed by Clerestory at their inaugural concert, October 2006.

 

 

choristers in concert

New College Choristers in Rome

Click to hear William Byrd, Mass for Four Voices (1592-93), performed by the Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom conducting:  entire work, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei. Recorded at l'Abbaye de Valloires, Somme, France.

The Chevet of l'Abbaye de Valloires

 

The Virtual Byrd Choir is the sacred music unit of the Virtual Wilbye Consort.  Both activities, founded in Tokyo in 2001, rely on one Japanese male voice.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei), performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Three Voices (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei), performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Five Voices (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei), performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.