Edited: July 5, 2023, 4:46 PM ·
It is definitely nicer to commemorate the births of great composers and musicians, but William Byrd did well to navigate the health hazards of the 16th and 17th centuries, to say nothing of the stormy theological waters of Tudor and Stuart England, to reach the splendid age of at least 80, dying on 4th July 1623. He wrote music in many genres, including services for both the Anglican and Catholic liturgies. Some of his music for viols works well on modern instruments, as does this version for string quartet of the Kyrie Eleison from the Mass for Four Voices. Perhaps some readers of V.com would like to explore Byrd's music further. Tweet
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