William Byrd

English Composer


  • William Byrd's Birth:
  • William Byrd was born in 1543 and born in London, England. County: Lincolnshire.
  • William Byrd spent most of his life in London at at the Lincoln cathedral.
  • Education/training:
  • Byrd studied music principally under Thomas Tallis.
  • He became an organist at Lincoln Cathedral in 1563, Chorister in the Chapel Royal in 1570, and in 1575, Byrd received the title of "Organist of the chapel Royal" without being obliged to perform the functions of that office (Byrd).
  • Byrd's life/lifestyle:
  • William married Juliana Birley, had a son in 1569, and a daughter in 1572.
  • "During marriage to having children, Byrd was charged with recusancy. This troubled him for the rest of is life." (Byrd)
  • Mr. Byrd published many books, Psalms, sonnets and songs.
  • Type of art William Byrd created/made:
  • Psalms, sonnets, and songs (1588).
  • Examples of Byrd's pieces of work:
  • Songs of Sundrie Natures (1589), Cantiones Sacrae I (1589), and Cantiones Sacrae II (1590).
  • William's Patrons:
  • Thomas Tallis.
  • Professional association with William , mentor, and senior by some 40 years.
  • Isms:
  • Humanism- Byrd made many music pieces and wrote many books. He went through training to be the best music composer that he could be and he did it. Back in the day he was very good at music and playing the organ.
  • Skepticism- William doubted recusancy.

Works Cited:

contrapuntist, rd was the most distinguished, a form which originated in Italy in the thirteenth century, and other masters.. "The biography of William Byrd." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. <http://www.poemhunter.com/william-byrd/biography>.

"William Byrd." Biography In Context. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 1928. <ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&prodId=BIC1&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&mode=view&displayGroupName=Reference&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=false&displayGroups=&sortBy=&source=&search_within_results=&action=e&catId=&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE|K3407701845>.

Renaissance Work: Songs of Sundrie Natures

Songs of Sundrie Natures

  • Name: Song of Sundrie Natures
  • "Created in 1589, reprinted in 1610. Published during the latter part of the reign of Elizabeth." (Byrd)
  • You may see copies or manuscripts of this piece of music in Paris or London.
  • Description of piece:
  • Songs of Sundrie Natures is fit for all companies and voices. This was made and composed into music of 3,4,4, and 6 parts. Published for the delight of all such take pleasure in the Exercise of that Art. (William Byrd).
  • I found this piece so interesting because I find Songs of Sundrie Natures piece seems to be a love poem/music about a guy in love with a woman who ends up leaving and the man is heartbroken.
  • Significance:
  • The most significant thing about this piece is that Love can either bring you joy or sadness. There were no new literary techniques in Songs of Sundrie Natures.
  • This piece of work exemplifies Humanism because William Byrd described his piece of music/sonnet to his mobel interest and talent.

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