William Byrd


 

William Byrd

(1540-1623)

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

 "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.

 

The Tallis Scholars

Click to hear Byrd's Masses, the Great Service and motetssung by The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips conducting.

Click to see and hear the Tallis Scholars sing Byrd's Vigilate.

 

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

Click to hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices, sung byL'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.

 

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.

 Click to watch and hear Byrd, Mass for Four Voices, performed by the Vassar College Choir, Christine Howlett directing. 

Click to see and hear Simone Stella plays a "Galiarda" by William Byrd from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.
 

Clickto see and hear Glenn Gould play Byrd's Galliard No. 6.

Click to hear Byrd's Bells from the Fitwilliam Virginal Book.

Click to hear Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus (text), performed by the Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting.

To hear, Byrd, O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth (text), performed by the men's voices of the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Barry Rose conducting, in the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, click here, the click on "Part I," then hold bar and slide to 19:45 (19 minutes and 45 seconds).

To hear, Byrd, Psalm 150: Laudibus in Sanctis (text), performed by the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Barry Rose conducting, in the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, click here, the click on "Part I," then hold bar and slide to 23:19 (23 minutes and 19 seconds).

William Byrd, Sing Joyfully, performed by the Warner Pacific College Chorale. [listen]

Sing joyfully to God our strength; sing loud unto the God of Jacob!
Take the song, bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp, and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
-Psalm 81:1-4 


Click to listen to Byrd, Sing Joyfully, performed by the Virtual Byrd Choir.

Click to listen to Byrd, I will not leave you comfortless, performed by the Choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you, and your hearts shall be joyful, Alleluia!

Click to listen to Byrd, I will not leave you comfortless, performed by the Houghton College Choir

Miserere mei, The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen]

Haec dies, The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen]

Thou knowest Lord,The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen]

Hear my prayer, O Lord, The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen]

Bow thine ear, The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen]