His church choral music (set to Latin words, as he was a firm Catholic) represents his most important work. He also composed secular vocal and instrumental music.
He became organist at Lincoln cathedral in 1563. He shared with Tallis the honorary post of organist in Queen Elizabeth's Chapel Royal, and in 1575 he and Tallis were granted a monopoly in the printing and selling of music.
Why is William Byrd famous?
William Byrd was an English composer of the Renaissance Era.