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The Students of William Byrd: 'Father of British Musick'

Upon his death, the great English composer William Byrd was acclaimed as the "father of Musick". But what was his musical legacy? Catherine Bott explores the lives and music of some of the great composer's students, featuring music from Thomas Tomkins, Peter Philips, Thomas Morley and John Bull.

1 hour

Music Played

  • William Byrd

    Ye sacred Muses

    Performers: Robin Blaze (countertenor), Concordia

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 67397.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Too Much I once lamented (to my ancient and much reverenced Master, William Byrd)

    Performers: I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth (director)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0680.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Te Deum (from the Third or Great Service)

    Performers: Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (director)

    • GIMELL.
    • CDGIM024.
  • Peter Philips

    Canciones Sacrae: O nomen Jesu; Gaudeamus omnes

    Performers: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow (director)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0770.
  • Thomas Morley

    "La Girandola" (2 viols); "La Caccia" (recorder and viol) from The first booke of Canzonet

    Performers: Brüggen Consort

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509 97465-2.
  • William Byrd

    Laudate pueri Dominum

    Performers: Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (director)

    • ASV.
    • CDGAU 197.
  • Thomas Weelkes

    Sweet Heart Arise

    Performers: David Thomas (bass), Mary Beverly (soprano), David James (countertenor), Paul Elliott (tenor), Judith Nelson (soprano)

    • OISEAU LYRE.
    • 433 1932.
  • John Bull

    In Nomine a 5

    Performers: Fretwork

    • AMON RA.
    • CDSAR29.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Fantazia of foure parts from Parthenia

    Performer: David Ponsford (harpsichord)

    • RIVERRUN.
    • RVRCD61.
  • William Byrd

    Confirma Hoc Deus

    Performers: Quink Vocal Ensemble

    • ETCETERA.
    • KTC 1031.

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