Ryosuke Sakamoto Plays Mass for Three Voices by Byrd

Ryosuke Sakamoto performs his own intabulation of the Mass for Three Voices by William Byrd (c.1540-1623) on Renaissance lute. This comes via Sakamoto’s YouTube channel. I’ve been subscribed to Sakamoto for a long time especially to see all his videos of Francesco da Milano which I’ve posted previously. This arrangement is a huge and impressive effort and, as he mentions, commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd. For those who don’t know, it was common for lute players to make arrangements of popular masses and compositions of the day and to set them to tablature or notation (just like today when people arrange pop tunes on guitar).

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