William Byrd

William Byrd Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
  • Died
    4th July 1623
  • Birthplace
    Ingatestone, Essex?, England

William Byrd was an English composer of the Renaissance. 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. Our knowledge of Byrd's biography has expanded in recent years, thanks largely to the research of John Harley (Harley, 1997). Following the discovery of a document dated 2 October 1598 in which Byrd's age is given as "58 years or there abouts," it now appears that he was born in 1540. The older dating 1542–3 is derived from Byrd's will (endorsed on 22 November 1622) which describes him as 'in the 80th year of my age'. It now becomes clear that it must have been drafted about three years earlier than the date of endorsement.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Rejoice, rejoice Christmas Carols Chamber group
My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music Compilation Harpsichord
Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets Compilation Open Instrumentation
Coranto in A minor Dance Lute
Monsieurs Alman, FWB LXI Dance Lute
Pavan and Two Galliards, The Earl of Salisbury Dance Lute
Fantasia, FWB CCLXI Fantasy Recorder
Fantasia, FWB VIII Fantasy Lute
Fantasias for 3 Viols Fantasy Chamber group
Fantasias for 4 Viols Fantasy Chamber group
Fantasias for 6 Viols Fantasy Chamber group
Fantazia No.1 Fantasy Chamber group
Fantazia No.2 Fantasy Chamber group
Galliard, FWB CLXXV Galliard Lute
Galliard, FWB XCII Galliard Lute
Galliard, FWB XCIV Galliard Lute
Galliard Mrs. Mary Brownlo Galliard Lute
Lullaby, My Sweet Little Baby Lullaby/Berceuse Choir
My Lord of Oxenfords Maske March Lute
Ne irascaris Domine Motet Choir