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William Byrd and His Contemporaries: Essays and a Monograph

Philip Brett, Joseph Kerman, and Davitt Moroney


This book features chapters on the music of the Tudor period, the work of William Byrd (c.1540–1623), and other composers of the period, including John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons, and Thomas Weelkes. Byrd was a prominent court composer, but also a Catholic. Besides important instrumental music and English songs, he wrote a great deal of sacred music, some for his Protestant patrons, and some for his fellow Catholics who celebrated mass in secret. The chapters range from a report on the Paston manuscripts to a monograph-length study of Byrd's magnum opus, Gradualia, and consider b ... More

Keywords: John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Weelkes, Catholic composer, instrumental music, English songs, sacred music, Paston manuscripts, Gradualia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247581
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Brett, author

Joseph Kerman, editor

Davitt Moroney, editor