Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Books for Review: William Byrd

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has purchased three books for accession to its Library at the University of Essex.  William Byrd (c1540-1623) was a composer who lived in Stondon Massey, Essex.  The books will form the framework to an article in a future edition of the Newsletter.

Turbet, Richard, 2012.  William Byrd: A Research and Information Guide. 300 pages.  Routledge Music Biographies.  £85.50
“This comprehensive research guide surveys the most significant published materials relating to William Byrd. This new edition includes research since the publication of the last edition.”  This is the third edition.  Quote from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Byrd-Information-Routledge-Bibliographies/dp/0415875595/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1348765748&sr=8-3-fkmr0

Harley, John, 1999. William Byrd. Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 480 pages. Ashgate c£20.
William Byrd, famous composer, lived at Stondon Massey from c1595 until his death in 1623. The book is a major update on previous scholarly work, covering both a biography of Byrd and analysis of this music. 

Harley, John, 2010.  The World of William Byrd.  C£60
“In The World of William Byrd John Harley builds on his previous work, William Byrd: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (Ashgate, 1997), in order to place the composer more clearly in his social context. He provides new information about Byrd's youthful musical training, and reveals how in his adult life his music emerged from a series of overlapping family, business and social networks. These networks and Byrd's navigation within and between them are examined, as are the lives of a number of the individuals comprising them.”  Quoted from http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409400882

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