O That Most Rare Breast (Byrd, William)
Free public domain sheet music from IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
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Dallas: Hawthorne Early Music, 2013.
|Work Title||O That Most Rare Breast|
|Year/Date of Composition||1586 or later|
|First Publication||1588 in Psalmes, Sonets and Songs|
|Librettist||Possibly Sir Edward Dyer|
|Composer Time Period||Renaissance|
|Instrumentation||voice, consort instruments (or 5 voices)|
- The text is a funeral poem honoring the death of Sir Philip Sidney. It was the final piece (all 5 parts texted) in Byrd's 1588 Psalmes, Sonets and Songs.
- According to Grove Music, this was "known in earlier consort song version".