Byrd by Kerry MccarthyByrd by Kerry Mccarthy


byKerry Mccarthy

Hardcover | March 13, 2013

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The foremost composer under the reign of Elizabeth I and James I, William Byrd (c. 1540 - 1623) produced countless masses, motets, polyphonic songs, and works for keyboard and instrumental consort, all of which rank among the most unique and inspired works of the late Renaissance. His outputwas widely admired both at the time and now, and the influence he exerted on his contemporaries and on future generations of English composers was profound. Byrd was especially well-known for his motets, a musical form which he - a practicing Catholic in Anglican England and composer for the EnglishChapel Royal - especially favored, in spite of the threats of religious persecution he routinely faced. This biography takes a new look at Byrd's music - instrumental and vocal, sacred and secular - and the various documents of his long life. Exploring the musical world in which Byrd grew up, author Kerry McCarthy traces his influence on the English musicians of the early Baroque, many of whom werehis students, and takes on the uncomfortable paradoxes of the composer's life as a devout and influential Catholic who spent much of his career in the service of the English Protestant establishment. McCarthy also pays special attention to Byrd's literary background and activities as an oldercontemporary of Shakespeare who enjoyed close ties to the Elizabethan and Jacobean literary world. A detailed, fresh, and readable account of a composer who was revered by his colleagues as "our Phoenix" and "a Father of Music", Byrd is essential reading for scholars, students, and performers ofearly music, as well as general readers interested in the musical world of Renaissance England.
Kerry McCarthy has taught at Duke University since 2003. Her research explores the music of the English Renaissance and its cultural contexts. Her first book, Liturgy and Contemplation in Byrd's Gradualia, was published by Routledge in 2007.
Title:ByrdFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195388756

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAd lectoremAcknowledgments1. Origins2. Apprentice years3. Lincoln Cathedral4. Musical explorations5. Royal patronage6. Byrd the reader7. Sundry songs8. Sacred songs9. My Lady Nevell's Book10. The three masses11. Court and country12. Later instrumental music13. Gradualia14. 161115. Last works16. Students and legacy17. AfterthoughtsAppendix A. Documents of Byrd's lifeAppendix B. List of worksAppendix C. PersonaliaAppendix D. Select bibliographyAppendix E. A reader's guide to Byrd literature