Psalmes, Sonets and Songs (Byrd, William)

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⇒ 4 more: Medius • Contratenor • Tenor • Bassus

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. London: Thomas Este, n.d.[1588].
Misc. Notes Superius and Bassus parts from Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musique (F-Pn): RISM A/I: B 5209. Medius, Contratenor and Tenor parts scanned from Royal College of Music Library, London (GB-Lcm): C68/1
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General Information

Work Title Psalmes, Sonets and Songs
Alternative. Title Title-page transcription
Psalmes, sonets, & songs of sadnes and pietie, made into musicke of fiue parts : whereof, some of them going abroad among diuers, in vntrue coppies, are heere truely corrected, and th [sic] other being songs very rare & newly composed, are heere published, for the recreation of all such as delight in musick
Composer Byrd, William
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWB 163
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 35 songs
  • Psalms
1. O God give ear
2. Mine eyes with fervency
3. My soul oppressed with care
4. How shall a young man
5. O Lord, how long wilt thou forget
6. O Lord who in thy sacred tent
7. Help Lord for wasted are those men
8. Blessed is he that fears the Lord
9. Lord in Thy Wrath Reprove Me Not
10. Even from the depth
  • Sonnets and Pastorals
11. I Joy not in no Earthly Bliss
12. Though Amaryllis Dance in Green
13. Who likes to love
14. My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is
15. Where fancy fond
16. O you that hear this voice
17. If women could be fair
18. Ambitious love
19. What pleasure have great princes
20. As I Beheld I Saw a Herdman Wild
21. Although the heathen poets
22. In Fields Abroad
23. Constant Penelope
24. La Verginella
25. Farewell false Love
26. The match that's made
  • Songs of sadness and piety
27. Prostrate O Lord I lie
28. All as a sea
29. Susanna Fair
30. If that a sinner's sighs
31. Care for thy soul
32. Lullaby, My Sweet Little Baby
33. Why do I use My Paper, Ink and Pen?
  • Funeral Songs
34. Come to me, Grief, Forever
35. O That Most Rare Breast
First Publication. 1588 - London: Thomas East
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 5 voices
External Links CPDL page

Navigation etc.

According to Grove Music, the preface to this collection includes "a clear explanation that most of the songs had originally been for one voice and instrumental consort but had been adapted to words in all the five parts." Pages for the individual songs that came from a consort version will be tagged as such, but this collection page is tagged for the 5-voice version.

IMSLP has pages for both I joy not in no earthly bliss and Though Amaryllis dance in green, with different music. The scores need to be compared so the link can be corrected if necessary.

Not to be confused with the 1611 Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets.