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Byrd, William

Born: 1543 AD
Died: 1623 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Songwriter

1543 – Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

1563 – On the 27th of February. His first authenticated appointment was as organist at Lincoln cathedral.

1572 – He moved to London to take up his post as a gentleman of the Chapel Royal, where he shared the duties of organist with Tallis.

1575 – Elizabeth I granted them a joint monopoly for the importing, printing, publishing, and sale of music, and the printing of music paper.

1577 – Moved to Harlington, Middlesex, where he and his family lived for the next 15 years.

1592-1593 – He moved with his family to Stondon Massey, Essex, where he lived for the rest of his life. At the accession of James I, the Catholics’ prospects temporarily brightened, and this probably prompted Byrd’s next three publications.

1605-1607 – He attempted to provide single-handed a basic liturgical repertory, comprising music for the ordinary and for the proper of all main feasts.

1623 – Died on the 4th of July, in Stondon Massey, Essex.