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January 01, 1540 – July 04, 1623
Born in England
William Byrd is considered one of the most important English composer who lived and worked during the sixteenth century. He wrote in a variety of genres, both sacred and secular music, and both vocal and instrumental music. It is believed that he was the student of the famous composer Thomas Tallis with whom he shared exclusive rights to print and publish music in England. Though he was Catholic, Byrd served the Church of England as both an organist and choirmaster.