Westover Plantation on the James River in Charles City Co., Virginia is an 18th century mansion built in the Georgian style.

Westover Plantation on the James River in Charles City Co., Virginia is an 18th century mansion built in the Georgian style.

William Byrd (1540 or late 1539 –1623) was one of the most celebrated English composers in the Renaissance.     He lived until well into the seventeenth century without writing music in the new Baroque fashion, but his superbly constructed keyboard works marked the beginning of the Baroque organ and harpsichord style. Byrd’s life is interesting because of his Roman Catholic sympathies combined with his work in the court of the Anglican Queen Elizabeth I.

William Byrd (1540 or late 1539 –1623) was one of the most celebrated English composers in the Renaissance. He lived until well into the seventeenth century without writing music in the new Baroque fashion, but his superbly constructed keyboard works marked the beginning of the Baroque organ and harpsichord style. Byrd’s life is interesting because of his Roman Catholic sympathies combined with his work in the court of the Anglican Queen Elizabeth I.

The 1733 Edward Moseley map of North Carolina, above, shows the Meherrin Indian Village to the left. Around the same time, this note from William Byrd was recorded in 1728 while surveying the divid…

The 1733 Edward Moseley map of North Carolina, above, shows the Meherrin Indian Village to the left. Around the same time, this note from William Byrd was recorded in 1728 while surveying the divid…

William Byrd (/bɜrd/; birth date variously given as c.1540 or 1543 – 4 July 1623, by the Julian calendar, 14 July 1623, by the Gregorian calendar) was an English composer of the Renaissance. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard (the so-called Virginalist school) and consort music.

William Byrd (/bɜrd/; birth date variously given as c.1540 or 1543 – 4 July 1623, by the Julian calendar, 14 July 1623, by the Gregorian calendar) was an English composer of the Renaissance. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard (the so-called Virginalist school) and consort music.

William Byrd (1543 - 1623) Byrd was the leading English composer of his generation, and together with his continental colleagues Giovanni Palestrina (c.1525-1594) and Orlando de Lassus (1532-1594), one of the acknowledged great masters of the late Renaissance.

William Byrd (1543 - 1623) Byrd was the leading English composer of his generation, and together with his continental colleagues Giovanni Palestrina (c.1525-1594) and Orlando de Lassus (1532-1594), one of the acknowledged great masters of the late Renaissance.

Fragment from a page of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book with works by John Bull and William Byrd - click to see whole image

Fragment from a page of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book with works by John Bull and William Byrd - click to see whole image

you guys, we're coming up on 75 episodes! 75 EPISODES! SERIOUSLY! Yes, it's been over 8 years, and I had long pauses in there while life happened, but still, 75 episodes is super way cool. And I've got big plans for our 75th episode. I'm going to do a Facebook Live Coffee Klatch with you, and answer any and all questions you have. About podcasting, Spain, my obsession with Evensong services, choral music, William Byrd, whether Catherine of Aragon really was a virgin, motherhood, whatever…

you guys, we're coming up on 75 episodes! 75 EPISODES! SERIOUSLY! Yes, it's been over 8 years, and I had long pauses in there while life happened, but still, 75 episodes is super way cool. And I've got big plans for our 75th episode. I'm going to do a Facebook Live Coffee Klatch with you, and answer any and all questions you have. About podcasting, Spain, my obsession with Evensong services, choral music, William Byrd, whether Catherine of Aragon really was a virgin, motherhood, whatever…

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