William Byrd Biography

Songwriter (c. 1543–1623)
William Byrd was an organist and composer of the Shakespearean age who is best known for his development of the English madrigal.


William Byrd was a pupil and protégé of organist and composer Thomas Tallis, and they worked together for several years. Byrd's musical stature can hardly be overrated, as he wrote extensively for every medium then available except, it seems, the lute. His virginal and organ music brought the English keyboard style to new heights and pointed the way to the achievements of other English composers.

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