Tuesday, September 11, 2012
William Boyce and William Byrd
William Bird, was admitted a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1569. He, in conjunction with Thomas Tallis, published in 1575 a collection of their own compositions in Latin, entitled, Sacred Songs: and in the Years 1589, 1591, and 1605, he printed three other collections of his own Productions in the same Language, all of which had the same Title with the first conjoint Publication.
His works were, in his own time, in great Repute, both at Home and Abroad, and are still held in general Estimation: His Canon of Non nobis Domine, will, in particular, remain a perpetual Monument to his Memory.--- He died in 1623.
Notice that there is no mention of William Byrd's religion or that the "Sacred Songs" published in 1605 were actually the Gradualia (volume 1) which comprises "many short pieces of liturgical music, set in verse sections, which can be combined in various ways to form liturgically accurate Propers cycles for every significant feast and votive mass of the Roman Catholic Rite." But it's due to William Boyce's inclusion and editing of William Byrd's music that it has been part of the Anglican musical patrimony. William Boyce's most popular works now are his Eight Symphonies.