William Byrd’s Miserere Mei Sung by The Marian Consort

In the turbulent religious climate of Elizabethan England William Byrd wrote — and, more audaciously, published — a huge amount of music for the Catholic rite, for services which he and his fellow Catholics had to celebrate clandestinely, in the private houses and chapels of sympathetic noblemen.

From Singing in Secret: Clandestine Catholic Music by William Byrd.

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