"with new music by Master Byrd sung by the choir of the Chapel Royal."
William Byrd
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 William Byrd was an English composer who lived between 1540 and 1623. In 1572 Byrd was given the high-status position of Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, the organist for the group of priests and singers who served the spiritual needs of their monarch. Byrd was popular with many, including Queen Elizabeth, but other Protestants considered his elaborate music a distraction from the proper worship of God.


The music of William Byrd: