Byrd was probably the greatest English composer of his time. Despite being a devout Catholic (for which he was persecuted) he was the organist at Lincoln Cathedral and served as a member of the Chapel Royal composing many sacred works for the Church of England. Like many other renaissance composers he also composed madrigals. This 'Lullaby' is a 5-part madrigal arranged for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass.
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