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Prefaces to <i>Gradualia</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247581.003.0010
Prefaces to Gradualia

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This chapter focuses on the prefaces to William Byrd's Gradualia, the second stage in his program of liturgical polyphony. It explains that the Gradualia is primarily a collection of pieces proper to Mass at most of the chief feasts of the Roman Catholic calendar, and that the settings for each feast are all in the same clef-combination and mode. Byrd also followed the Roman reform initiated by the Council of Trent and enshrined in the revised Breviary and Missal authorized by the Dominican Pope Pius V in 1568 and 1570 respectively.

Keywords: William Byrd; Gradualia; liturgical polyphony; feasts; Roman Catholic; Council of Trent; clef-combination

Chapter.  37143 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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