The Battell was written during the late 14th century when England was in a mood of national celebration after victory over the Spanish and French armadas. The movement which Byrd called Marche Before The Battell became known as The Earl of Oxford’s March and it appears with that title in an early manuscript copy of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Written while Byrd was at the height of his powers, it still stirs the soul to this day. A perfect opener for your concert performances.
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