William Byrd

1543 - 1623

William Byrd

William Byrd (; birth date variously given as c.1539/40 or 1543 – 4 July 1623) 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Byrd has received more than 551,858 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 189th most popular composer.

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Among composers, William Byrd ranks 189 out of 1,008Before him are Marin Marais, Adrian Willaert, Louis Spohr, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Giuseppe Torelli, and Witold Lutosławski. After him are Jan Dismas Zelenka, Niccolò Piccinni, Leonardo Vinci, Umberto Giordano, Alessandro Marcello, and Reinhold Glière.

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Among people born in 1543, William Byrd ranks 2Before him is Domenico Fontana. After him are 3rd Dalai Lama, Charles III, Duke of Lorraine, Sharafkhan Bidlisi, Claudio Acquaviva, Christine of Hesse, Michele Ruggieri, Kanō Eitoku, and Giovanni Bembo. Among people deceased in 1623, William Byrd ranks 4Before him are Pope Gregory XV, Anne Hathaway, and Tulsidas. After him are Josaphat Kuntsevych, Halime Sultan, Mariam-uz-Zamani, Uesugi Kagekatsu, Domenico Fetti, Philippe de Mornay, Antonio Priuli, and William Camden.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Byrd ranks 574 out of 5,347Before him are Julian Barnes (1946), Michael Atiyah (1929), Oona O'Neill (1925), William Lassell (1799), Stanley Rous (1895), and Raymond Cattell (1905). After him are Samuel Richardson (1689), James Dewar (1842), John Ray (1627), David Cameron (1966), Diana Rigg (1938), and Maud of Wales (1869).

Among COMPOSERS In United Kingdom

Among composers born in United Kingdom, William Byrd ranks 7Before him are Edward Elgar (1857), Henry Purcell (1659), Benjamin Britten (1913), Gustav Holst (1874), John Barry (1933), and Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948). After him are John Dunstaple (1390), Thomas Tallis (1502), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872), Eugen d'Albert (1864), Michael Nyman (1944), and Keith Emerson (1944).