My Ladye Nevells Booke by William Byrd

The volume contains 42 works by William Byrd selected to reflect Byrd's own preferences and demonstrate how his music had matured over time.


Manuscript volume
20.8 x 29.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£24,000 ( Total: £404,069; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1st Marquess of Abergavenny Will Trust

It contains some of Byrd's best-known keyboard music including Carman's Whistle and Sellinger's Round. The volume was completed by John Baldwin, the most famous music scribe of the time, but also shows corrections thought to be by Byrd himself.

Artists include


?Elizabeth, wife of Sir Henry Nevell of Billingbere; ?Elizabeth I; Sir Henry North of Mildenhall (before 1603); by descent; Mr Haughton, attorney of Clifford's Inn; Mary Nevill, Lady Abergavenny; Charles Burney (before 1789); Thomas Jones, 1814; Robe

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