The Two Lives of William Byrd Video(VHS/DVD)

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The Two Lives of William Byrd Video(VHS/DVD). William Byrd, arguably the greatest Tudor man of music, conductor of Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel Royal, recipient of enthusiastic royal patronage, and friend of many of the mighty at Elizabeth’s court, led a dangerous double life—he was simultaneously the Anglican court composer and secretly, and on peril of his life, composing Catholic sacred music. By means of Byrd’s strange life, this program provides great insight into the sights and sounds, the customs and politics of Elizabethan England. It also offers some of the most glorious of English music: four of Byrd’s Easter motets, sung by the foremost specialists in Elizabethan vocal music, the Nonsuch Consort of Voices, performed in accordance with the latest thinking on the authentic rendering of these works, with Tudor pronunciation and no conductor. Other Byrd works are performed in Lincoln Cathedral and under the great ceiling painted by Holbein in the Queen’s Chapel in St. James’s Palace. (58 minutes)

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