Byrd, William

(c.1543-1623) Composer and organist, born probably Lincoln, England; died London. He became, in 1575, organist of the Chapel Royal, being an orthodox polyphonist. He excelled in liturgical compositions although he also founded the English Madrigal School and was a prolific composer for the virginals. "Psalms, Sonnets and Songs," several masses, "Graduals," and "Sacred Songs," have survived.

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