William Byrd (±1539-1623): Sing Joyfully – Merbecke Choir

A performance by the Merbecke Choir at Southwark Cathedral from July 2014, directed by Huw Morgan.

Byrd sets verses from Psalm 81:

Sing joyfully to God our strength; sing loud unto the God of Jacob!
Take the song, bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp, and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.



Byrd composed surprisingly few anthems, Sing Joyfully is arguably his best, it’s certainly his most popular. It’s got a somewhat madrigalian feel to it, listen to what he does at “Blow the trumpet in the new moon” and you’ll hear what I mean. Enjoy :-)


Video & Description Source: William Byrd – Sing Joyfully – YouTube. Published on Aug 12, 2014 by TheMerbeckeChoir.

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