William Byrd lived through the tumultuous years of the English Reformation, and composed liturgical music both for the Church of England and the Catholic Church. At the end of his life, he retired to obscurity and gave his energy to composing settings of the traditional Mass propers. Some scholars believe this last work to have been influenced by Jesuit spirituality; if so, Non vos relinquam would be evidence of his covert contacts with the new religious order.
- Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591):
- Giovanni P. di Palestrina (ca. 1525-1594):
- Juan Navarro (1530-1580):
Magnificat Primi Toni
- William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623):
Non vos relinquam