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William Byrd

Born: 1540. Died: 1623. Lived in: England

William Byrd (1540? - July 4, 1623) was the most celebrated of early English composers. His entire life was marked by contradictions; as a true Renaissance man, he did not fit easily into categories. He lived well into the seventeenth century without writing songs in the new Baroque fashion, but his superbly constructed keyboard works marked the beginning of the Baroque organ and harpsichord style. Although he was nominally an Anglican court composer for much of his life, he spent his last years composing for the Roman liturgy, and died in relative obscurity. In the anti-Catholic frenzy following the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, some of his music was banned in England under penalty of imprisonment; some of it-such as the Short Service-has been sung in English cathedrals uninterrupted for the past four centuries.

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Philippe de Monte and William Byrd : Super flumina Babylonis and Quomodo Cantabimus : SSAATTBB : Songbook : 9780193868175 : 9780193868175

Philippe de Monte and William Byrd : Super flumina Babylonis and Quomodo Cantabimus

Phillipe de Monte wrote Super flumina Babylonis (By the streams of Babylon, there we sat and wept) and sent it to William Byrd who responded by setting the subsequent verses of the psalm text Quomodo Cantabimus (How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land). This edition allows these wonderful pieces to be sung as a unit or separately.

Songlist: Super flumina Babylonis, Quomodo Cantabimus

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | 9635b | Songbook | $7.95 | A Cappella


William Byrd : Five Sacred Choral Works : SATB divisi : Songbook : 888680612139 : 00158231

William Byrd : Five Sacred Choral Works

William Byrd (c.1540-1623) is one of the giants of the English Renaissance, composing sacred polyphony for both Anglican and Catholic rites. This collection provides well-edited, clean editions at an excellent value, and includes: Exsurge, Domine; Haec Dies; Laudibus in sanctis; Praise Our Lord, All Ye Gentiles; Sing Joyfully.

Songlist: Sing Joyfully, Exsurge, Domine, Haec, Dies, Laudibus In Sanctis, Praise Our Lord, All Ye Gentiles

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 4264b | Songbook | $7.95 | A Cappella


William Byrd : Collection Vol 1 : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music Collection

William Byrd : Collection Vol 1

The greatest English composer of his generation, comparable in stature to his most distinguished continental contemporaries, William Byrd was a versatile composer. Byrd's compositions for the church may be separated into those for the Catholic liturgy and those designed for the officially recognised Church of England. The first category includes settings of the Mass for three, four and five voices, and a large quantity of other works for the various seasons of the church year. Well-known for his keyboard works here are a collection of his a cappella arrangements that have has been sung in English cathedrals uninterrupted for the past four centuries.

Songlist: Non Nobis Domine, Haec Dies, Justorum Animae, Laetentur Caeli

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 8053b | Sheet Music Collection | $6.95 | A Cappella


William Byrd : Collection Vol 2 : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

William Byrd : Collection Vol 2

The greatest English composer of his generation, comparable in stature to his most distinguished continental contemporaries, William Byrd was a versatile composer. Byrd's compositions for the church may be separated into those for the Catholic liturgy and those designed for the officially recognised Church of England. The first category includes settings of the Mass for three, four and five voices, and a large quantity of other works for the various seasons of the church year. Well-known for his keyboard works here are a collection of his a cappella arrangements that have has been sung in English cathedrals uninterrupted for the past four centuries. For SATB choir.

Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, Prevent Us, O Lord, Rorate Caeli Desuper, Ave Verum Corpus, Exsurge Domine

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Voicing: SATB | 8054b | Sheet Music Collection | $9.95 | A Cappella


William Byrd : Four Motets for All Saints : SATB : Songbook : 0193953420

William Byrd : Four Motets for All Saints

William Byrd's Mass Proper for the feast of All Saints is beautifully arranged for unaccompanied mixed voices by Sally Dunkly.

Songlist: Mass Of Propers For The Feast Of Old Saints, Introit, Gradual & Alleluia, Offertory, Communion

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Voicing: SATB | 9356b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


William Byrd : Mass for Four Voices : SATB : Songbook : 884088289508 : 00040351

William Byrd : Mass for Four Voices

This publication of William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices by Dean Witte expands on Henry Washington's celebrated 1959 performer's edition. It features judiciously updated notation and text underlay that helps clarify many matters of interpretation and also conforms with more recent practices in editing early music. This edition otherwise preserves the essential practical focus introduced by Washington, including the step-downward transposition of the music.

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Voicing: SATB | 99844b | Songbook | $9.95 ON SALE $0.00


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Ave verum Corpus : SATB : William Byrd : Songbook : GIA6523 : 785147652304

William Byrd : Ave verum Corpus

This timeless Byrd motet removes the modern barlines that obscure the natural stress of the text. Extensive notes and a word-for-word translation are provided. A great tool for teaching Renaissance style, as well as simply being a piece every choir should know!

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | None


Ave Verum Corpus : SATB : Matthew Michaels : Sheet Music : 08596763 : 073999174083

Matthew Michaels : Ave Verum Corpus

This edition by Matthew Michaels adds contemporary markings for dynamics and other musical elements. Well-thought out, this is a welcome addition to contest repertoire. Available separately: SATB a cappella.

Arranger: Matthew Michaels

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08596763


Emendemus in melius : SATTB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : GIA8988 : 785147898801

William Byrd : Emendemus in melius

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Voicing: SATTB | Sheet Music | Reduction


Haec Dies : SATB divisi : King Singers : King's Singers : Sheet Music : 08741999 : 073999476026

King Singers : Haec Dies

This magnificent 6-part setting of Psalm 118:24 by William Byrd offers a glimpse into the splendor of the English Renaissance.

Arranger: King Singers Performed By: King's Singers

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08741999


I Will Not Leave You Comfortless : SSATB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : 14015840 : 884088428228

William Byrd : I Will Not Leave You Comfortless

Anthem, taking words translated from the Proper of the Sunday after Ascension, for SSATB Choir and Organ ad lib. Edited by William McKie.

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $3.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14015840


Mass for Three Voices : SATB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : 1.5167

William Byrd : Mass for Three Voices

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.05 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 1.5167


Non Nobis Domine : SAB : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08551419 : 073999236439

John Leavitt : Non Nobis Domine

The famous canon by William Byrd offers treble and mixed choirs an opportunity to develop many of the choral skills necessary for more advanced works. Available: 2-Part/3-Part any combination a capella. Performance Time: Approx. 2:10.

Arranger: John Leavitt

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551419


O Magnum Mysterium : SATB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : 1.5250

William Byrd : O Magnum Mysterium

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.05 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 1.5250


O Magnum Mysterium : SATB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : 14005592 : 884088428204 : 0711935734

William Byrd : O Magnum Mysterium

Motet, scored for SATB Choir, for Christmas and the Circumcision. Edited by H.B. Collins.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14005592


Sacerdotes Domini : SATB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : GIA8602 : 785147860204

William Byrd : Sacerdotes Domini

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | Reduction


Sanctus (from Mass for Four Voices) : SATB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : W6030

William Byrd : Sanctus (from Mass for Four Voices)

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| W6030


Sing Joyfully unto God : SSATTB : William Byrd : Sheet Music : 14030300 : 884088431174

William Byrd : Sing Joyfully unto God

Full anthem for six voices (SSATTB). Edited by George J. Bennett.

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Voicing: SSATTB | Sheet Music | $3.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14030300

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