John Byrt

John Byrt is a free-lance conductor, scholar, and composer. In his youth he directed the Schola Cantorum of Oxford and was conductor of Musica Reservata. He made the first recording of Taverner's Missa Corona Spinea and over the years has broadcast Gesualdo madrigals, Byrd propers and West Gallery Carols for the BBC. He writes and lectures on baroque music. As a composer he is mainly known for his choral music: his folk song arrangements are sung all over the world. Recently he has turned his attention to solo songs and duets.

Choral works include:
The Beginning and the End for mezzo-soprano, SATB, piano and organ. Words from The Rock by TS Eliot (1972).
Three polytonal part-songs (1972)
Exaudi Domine, cantata for tenor solo, chorus and orchestra (1986).
Missa brevis for SATB and organ (1993)
Madrigal Suite for six solo voices (SSATBB a capella)

All and Some (1961). (The Novello Book of Carols).
From farthest lands of rosy dawn (SATB) (2001)
The Oxen (SATB) (Hardy) 2002
The Oxen (SSA) (Hardy) 2002
Three Carols: Shepherds rejoice, I sing of a maiden and Yeoman's Carol (SATB) - also available separately
Yeoman's Carol (SSAA)

Folk-song arrangements:
Among the leaves so green-O, Faithful Johnny and The Keel Row (Folk Songs for Choirs ed. John Rutter, Oxford 1983)
I will give my love an apple - SATB version (1983)
I will give my love an apple - SSAA version (1983)

Solo Songs:
Three Songs from Yeats for (deep) bass and piano 2008 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Four madrigals (1974/1990)
Songs of the Earth - Four Songs from the Vegetable Garden; voice and piano
Four songs to texts by women poets (1994); mezzo-soprano and piano
Sweet Work: nine songs for mezzo-soprano and baritone 2003 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Solo Songs include:
A Birthday - soprano and piano

Instrumental music includes
Wind quintet (1974/1992)
Incidental music for Camino Real (Tennessee Williams) for organ and percussion (1974)
Sonatina for clarinet and piano (1974)
Reflections for two 4-part recorder consorts (1987)
Variations on Puccini's 'Che gelida manina' - Piano Solo
St Magnus Variations - Variations on a 12th Century Orkney Theme - Piano Duet
Pickers and Stealers -Three Pieces for Young Pianists - Piano Solo
Guitar Sonata
Twelve Variations on 'Angelus ad Virginem' for Two Violas
Twelve Variations on 'Searching for Lambs' for Two Cellos
Octet for Recorders

Items in bold italic are available from Nymet Music