List of compositions by William Byrd

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This is a list of the musical compositions by William Byrd, one of the most celebrated English composers of the Renaissance.

Vocal Works[edit]

Masses (c. 1592–5)[edit]

  • Mass for 3 voices (c. 1593–4)
  • Mass for 4 voices (c. 1592–3)
  • Mass for 5 voices (c. 1594–5)

Latin Motets[edit]

Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (1575)[edit]

  • Emendemus in melius á 5
  • Libera me Domine et pone me á
  • Peccantem me quotidie á 5
  • Aspice Domine á 6
  • Attollite portas á 6
  • O lux beata Trinitas á 6
  • Laudate pueri Dominum á 6
  • Memento homo á 6
  • Siderum rector á 5
  • Da mihi auxilium á 6
  • Domine secundum actum meum á 6
  • Diliges Dominum á 8
  • Miserere mihi Domine á 6
  • Tribue Domine; Te deprecor; Gloria Patri á 6
  • Libera me Domine de morte aeterna á 5

Liber primus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones Sacrae I) (1589)[edit]

(all for 5 voices)

  • Defecit in dolore – Sed tu Domine
  • Domine praestolamur – Veni Domine noli tardare
  • O Domine adjuva me
  • Tristitia et anxietas – Sed tu Domine
  • Memento Domine
  • Vide Domine afflictionem – Sed veni Domine
  • Deus venerunt gentes – Posuerunt morticinia – Effuderunt sanguinem – Facti sumus opprobium
  • Domine tu jurasti
  • Vigilate
  • In resurrectione tua
  • Aspice Domine de sede – Respice Domine
  • Ne irascaris Domine – Civitas sancti tui
  • O quam gloriosum est regnum – Benedictio et claritas
  • Tribulationes civitatum – Timor et hebetudo – Nos enim pro peccatis
  • Domine secundum multitudinem
  • Laetentur coeli – Orietur in diebus

Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum (Cantiones Sacrae II) (1591)[edit]

for 5 voices:

  • Laudibus in sanctis – Magnificum Domini – Hunc arguta
  • Quis est homo – Diverte a malo
  • Fac cum servo tuo
  • Salve Regina – Et Jesum
  • Tribulatio proxima est – Contumelias et terrores
  • Domine exaudi orationem – Et non intres in judicium
  • Apparebit in finem
  • Haec dicit Dominus – Haec dicit Dominus
  • Circumdederunt me
  • Levemus corda
  • Recordare Domine – Quiescat Domine
  • Exsurge Domine
  • Miserere mei Deus

for 6 voices:

  • Descendit de coelis – Et exivit per auream portam
  • Domine non sum dignus
  • Infelix ego – Quid igitur faciam? – At te igitur
  • Afflicti pro peccatis – Ut eruas nos
  • Cantate Domino
  • Cunctis diebus
  • Domine salva nos
  • Haec dies

Gradualia: ac cantiones sacrae, liber primus (Gradualia I) (1605)[edit]

for 5 voices:

Marian Masses[edit]
  • Suscepimus Deus
  • Sicut audivimus
  • Senex puerum portabat
  • Nunc dimittis
  • Responsum accepit Simeon
  • Salve sancta parens
  • Virgo Dei genitrix
  • Felix es
  • Beata es
  • Beata viscera
  • Rorate caeli desuper
  • Tollite portas
  • Ave Maria
  • Ecce Virgo concipiet
  • Vultum tuum
  • Speciosus forma
  • Post partum
  • Felix namque
  • Alleluia – Ave Maria – Virga Jesse
  • Gaude Maria
  • Diffusa est gratia
  • Gaudeamus omnes
  • Assumpta est Maria
  • Optimam partem
  • Adoramus te Christe (voice + 4 viols)
  • Unam petii a Domino
  • Plorans plorabit

for 4 voices:

All Saints[edit]
  • Gaudeamus omnes
  • Timete Dominum
  • Justorum animae
  • Beati mundo corde
Corpus Christi[edit]
  • Cibavit eos
  • Oculi omnium
  • Sacerdotes Domini
  • Quotiescunque manducabitis
  • Ave verum corpus
  • O salutaris hostia
  • O sacrum convivium
  • [Pange lingua] – Nobis datus
Miscellaneous pieces[edit]
  • Ecce quam bonum
  • Christus resurgens
  • Visita quaesumus
  • Salve Regina
  • Alma redemptoris mater
  • Ave Regina caelorum
  • In manus tuas
  • Laetania
  • Salve sola Dei genitrix
  • Senex puerum portabat
  • Hodie beata Virgo Maria
  • Deo gratias

for 3 voices:

Marian Antiphons and Hymns[edit]
  • Quem terra pontus aethera
  • O gloriosa Domina
  • Memento salutis auctor
  • Ave Maris stella
  • Regina caeli
Holy Week and Easter[edit]
  • Alleluia – [Vespere autem sabbathi] Quae lucescit
  • Haec dies
  • Angelus Domini descendit
  • Post dies octo – Mane nobiscum
  • Turbarum voces
Candlemas[edit]
  • Adorna thalamum tuum

Gradualia: seu cantionum sacrarum, liber secundus (Gradualia II) (1607)[edit]

for 4 voices:

The Nativity[edit]
  • Puer natus est nobis
  • Viderunt omnes
  • Dies sanctificatus
  • Tui sunt coeli
  • Viderunt omnes
  • Hodie Christus natus est
  • O admirabile commertium
  • O magnum misterium
  • Beata Virgo
Epiphany[edit]
  • Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus
  • Reges Tharsis
  • Vidimus stellam
  • Surge illuminare
Corpus Christi and The Blessed Sacrament[edit]
  • Ab ortu solis
  • Venite comedite
  • Alleluia – Cognoverunt discipuli
  • Ego sum panis vivus
  • O quam suavis
  • Jesu nostra redemptio

for 5 voices:

Easter[edit]
  • Resurrexi
  • Haec dies
  • Victimae paschali
  • Terra tremuit
  • Pascha nostrum
Ascension[edit]
  • Viri Galilei
  • Alleluia – Ascendit Deus
  • Dominus in Sina
  • Ascendit Deus
  • Psallite Domino
  • O rex gloriae
Pentecost[edit]
  • Spiritus Domini
  • Alleluia – Emitte spiritum tuum
  • Veni sancte spiritus
  • Confirma hoc Deus
  • Factus est repente
  • Veni sancte spiritus
  • Non vos relinquam orphanos

for 6 voices:

SS. Peter & Paul[edit]
  • Nunc scio vere
  • Constitues eos principes
  • Solve jubente Deo
  • Tu es Petrus
  • Hodie Simon Petrus
  • Tu es pastor ovium
  • Quodcunque ligaveris
Miscellaneous[edit]
  • Laudate Dominum
  • Venite exultemus

English Music[edit]

Psalmes, sonnets, & songs of sadness and pietie (1588)[edit]

(all for 5 voices)

Psalms

  • O God give ear and do apply
  • Mine eyes with fervency of sprite
  • My soul oppressed with care and grief
  • How shall a young man prone to ill
  • O Lord how long wilt thou forget
  • O Lord who in thy sacred tent
  • Help Lord for wasted are those men
  • Blessed is he that fears the Lord
  • Lord in thy wrath
  • Even from the depth

Sonnets and Pastorals

  • I joy not in no earthly bliss
  • Thou Amaryllis dance in green
  • Who likes to love let him take heed
  • My mind to me a kingdom is
  • Where fancy fond for pleasure pleads
  • O you that hear this voice
  • If women could be fair
  • Ambitious love
  • What pleasure have great Princes
  • As I beheld I saw a herdman wild
  • Although the heathen poets
  • In fields abroad
  • Constant Penelope
  • La verginella
  • Farewell false love
  • The match that's made

Songs of sadness and piety

  • Prostrate O Lord I lie
  • All as a Sea
  • Susanna fair
  • If that a sinner's sighs
  • Care for thy soul
  • Lulla, Lullaby
  • Why do I use?

The funeral songs of that honourable Gent., Sir Phillip Sidney, Knight

  • Come to me grief for ever
  • O that most rare breast

Songs of sundrie natures (1589)[edit]

for 3 voices:

  • Lord in thy rage
  • Right blest are they
  • Lord in thy wrath correct me not
  • O God which art most merciful
  • Lord hear my prayer
  • From depth of sin
  • Attend mine humble prayer
  • Susanna fair
  • The nightingale
  • When younglings first on Cupid fix their sight – But when by proof
  • Upon a summer's day – Then for a boat
  • The greedy hawk

for 4 voices:

  • Is Love a boy? – Boy pity me
  • Wounded I am – Yet of us twain
  • From Cytheron the warlike boy is fled – There careless thoughts are freed – If Love be just
  • O Lord my God
  • While that the sun
  • Rejoice rejoice [Chorus of 'From virgin's womb]
  • Cast off all doubtful care [Chorus of An earthly tree]

for 5 voices:

  • Weeping full sore
  • Penelope that longed for the sight
  • Compel the hawk
  • See those sweet eyes
  • When I was otherwise
  • When first by force
  • I thought that Love had been a boy
  • O dear life
  • Love would discharge
  • From virgin's womb
  • Of gold all burnished – Her breath is more sweet

for 6 voices:

  • Behold how good a thing – And as the pleasant morning dew
  • An earthly tree an heavenly fruit
  • Who made thee, Hob, forsake the plough
  • And think ye Nymphs to scorn at love – Love is a fit of pleasure
  • If in thine heart
  • Unto the hills mine eyes I lift
  • Christ rising again – Christ is risen again

Psalmes, songs, and sonnets (1611)[edit]

for 3 voices:

  • The eagle's force
  • Of flatt'ring speech
  • In winter cold – whereat an ant
  • Who looks may leap
  • Sing ye to our Lord
  • I have been young
  • In crystal towers

for 4 voices:

  • This sweet and merry month of May
  • Let not the sluggish sleep
  • A feigned friend
  • Awake mine eyes
  • Come jolly swains
  • What is life or worldly pleasure?
  • [Instrumental] Fantazia
  • Come let us rejoice unto our Lord

for 5 voices:

  • Retire my soul
  • Arise Lord into thy rest
  • Come woeful Orpheus
  • Sing we merrily unto God – Blow up the trumpet
  • Crowned with flowers
  • Wedded to will is witless
  • Make ye joy to God

for 6 voices:

  • Have mercy upon me
  • [Instrumental] Fantazia
  • This day Christ was born
  • O God that guides the cheerful sun
  • Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles
  • Turn our captivity
  • Ah silly soul
  • How vain the toils

Teares or Lamentacions of a Sorrowfull Soule (1614)[edit]

for 4 voices:

  • Look down, O Lord, on me a poor man
  • Be unto me, O Lord, a tower of strength

for 5 voices:

  • I laid down to rest and sleep
  • Come help O God

Keyboard Works[edit]

  • My Ladye Nevells Booke (1591)
  • My Ladye Nevells Grownde
  • Qui Passe; for my Ladye Nevell
  • The Marche before the Battell
  • The Battell: The souldiers sommons; The marche of footemen; The marche of horsmen; The trumpetts; The Irishe marche; The bagpipe and the drone; The flute and the droome; The marche to the fighte; The retreat
  • The Galliarde for the Victorie
  • The Barleye Breake
  • A Galliards Gygge
  • The Huntes upp
  • Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La
  • The Firste Pavian
  • The Galliarde to the Firste Pavian
  • The Seconde Pavian
  • The Galliarde to the Seconde Pavian
  • The Third Pavian
  • The Galliarde to the Third Pavian
  • The Fourth Pavian
  • The Galliarde to the Fourth Pavian
  • The Fifte Pavian
  • The Galliarde to the Fifte Pavian
  • Pavana the Sixte; Kinbrugh Goodd
  • The Galliarde to the Sixte Pavian
  • The Seventh Pavian
  • The Eighte Pavian
  • The Passinge Mesures; the Nynthe Pavian
  • The Galliarde to the Nynthe Pavian
  • A Voluntarie; for my Ladye Nevell
  • Will Yow Walke the Woods soe Wylde
  • The Maidens Songe
  • A Lesson of Voluntarie
  • The Second Grownde
  • Have With Yow to Walsingame
  • All in a Garden Grine
  • Lord Willobies Welcome Home
  • The Carmans Whistle
  • Hughe Ashtons Grownde
  • A Fancie
  • Sellingers Rownde
  • Munsers Almaine
  • The Tennthe Pavian; Mr. W. Peter
  • The Galliarde to the Tennthe Pavian
  • A Fancie
  • A Voluntarie

Others[edit]

Lost or fragmentary works[edit]

  • Ad punctum in modico á 2 (BB) – Fragmentary
  • Ah, youthful years – Fragmentary
  • Behold, how good – Fragmentary
  • Cease Cares – Fragmentary
  • Depart ye furies – Fragmentary
  • Litany á 4 (SATB) – Fragmentary, and a doubtful work
  • If trickling tears – Fragmentary
  • In tower most high – Fragmentary
  • I will give laud – Fragmentary
  • Jubilate Deo, omnis terra – Fragmentary, and a doubtful work
  • Look and bow down – Fragmentary
  • Oh happy thrice – Fragmentary
  • O trifling days – Fragmentary
  • Preces Deo fundamus – Fragmentary
  • Service in F – Fragmentary, and a doubtful work
  • Sponsus amat sponsam á 2 (ST) – Fragmentary, and a doubtful work
  • What wights are these? – Fragmentary
  • While that a cruel fire – Fragmentary
  • With sighs and teares – Fragmentary

Works believed to be by Byrd[edit]

  • Ave regina caelorum á 5 (ATTBarB) – Claimed to be by "Mr Byrde" in the Paston Lute Book, however the editors of the Tudor Church Music Book attributed the work to John Taverner

Joint commissions[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]