Bryan, John (2007) William Byrd and his English precursors. In: Dartington International Summer School, 23 July 2007, The Great Hall, Dartington. (Submitted)

Loyal servant & devout catholic, William Byrd lived a double life. Whilst composing brilliant gems for the courts and chapels of the Protestant monarchs Elizabeth I and James I, he remained a staunch Catholic throughout a period of dire persecution. Tonight’s programme juxtaposes the two sides of Byrd’s musical character: the public and private faces of a man regarded by his contemporaries as ‘a Father of Musick'.

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