Homage to Taverner in Byrd's Masses

Philip Brett

in William Byrd and His Contemporaries

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247581
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932838 | DOI:
Homage to Taverner in Byrd's Masses

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This chapter focuses on the influence of John Taverner's Meane Mass on William Byrd's Ordinary of the Mass, explaining that Taverner's influence is particularly clear in the scale figures rising successively through a fifth, a sixth, and a seventh in Byrd's setting of the Sanctus. It suggests that Byrd chose the Meane Mass because, in this work, the challenge of the unfamiliar imitative technique diverts Taverner's creative energy away from line, as it continued to divert the energies of his successors of the intervening generation.

Keywords: John Taverner; Meane Mass; Ordinary of Mass; William Byrd; Sanctus; scale figures

Chapter.  3255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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