William Byrd: A Guide to Research

ByrdThis second edition of this guide, released in 2006, leads scholars researching the history and music of William Byrd to printed materials. Performers can also use it to find information that will inform their interpretations of his music. It includes both a catalogue of Byrd’s works and a bibliography/discography. The term “2nd edition” may be misleading here, as the bibliography portion essentially picks up where the previous edition left off, making this 2006 release more of a second volume.

The catalogue includes all known works accepted as William Byrd’s, with supplementary lists of dubious attributions and known spurious attributions.  The bibliography and discography survey writings that were published between 1987 and 2004 and recordings released between 1995 and 2003. There are five main sections: the catalogue of works, a checklist of Byrd criticism from 1826, the annotated bibliography, the discography (by Michael Greenhalgh) and an index of the Annual Byrd Newsletter 1995-2004.

In 2012, Routledge released a third edition of this research guide.

Abraham Myler, research assistant