William Byrd: Gentleman of the Chapelby John Harley
Pub. Date: 02/01/1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This is the first comprehensive study of William Byrd’s life (1540-1623) and works to appear for sixty years, and fully takes into consideration recent scholarship. The biographical section includes many newly discovered facts about Byrd and his family, while in the chapters dealing with his music an attempt is made for the first time to outline the chronology of all his compositions. The book begins with a detailed account of Byrd's life, based on a completely fresh examination of original documents, which are quoted extensively. Several previously known documents have now been identified as being in Byrd’s hand, and some fresh holographs have been discovered. A number of questions such as his parentage and date of birth have been conclusively settled. The book continues with a survey of Byrd’s music which pays particular attention to its chronological development, and links it where possible to the events and background of his life. A series of appendices includes additional texts of important documents, and a summary catalogue of works. A bibliography and index complete the book. Besides musical illustrations there is a series of plates illustrating documents and places associated with Byrd.
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Table of ContentsContents: Introduction; London and Westminster 1540-1562; Lincoln 1563-1572; Clerkenwell and Westminster 1572-c.1576; Harlington 1577-1594; Stondon Massey 1594-1623; Sources and Chronology of Byrd's Music; Earliest Vocal Music; Instrumental Works with Cantus Firmi; Early Music for the Anglican Church; Early Instrumental Works without Cantus Firmi; The First 'Sacred Songs'; Motets of the Middle Period; Motets: Style and Development; Instrumental Works of the Middle Period; Secular Songs of the Middle Period; Anglican Music of the Middle Period; Masses; Gradualia; Later Vocal and Instrumental Music; Postscript; Appendices: The Byrd Family; Byrd's Children; Wills; Byrd's Handwriting; William Byrd and St Paul's; Byrd's Portrait; My Ladye Nevells Booke; Catalogue of Byrd's Works; Abbreviations and Public Record Office Classes; Bibliography; Index of Byrd's Works; Name and Subject Index.
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