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Boyce, William (1711-1779)  

William Boyce

born: 1711
died: 7 February 1779
country: United Kingdom

Born in London, Boyce was a choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral before studying music with Maurice Greene after his voice broke. His first professional appointment came in 1734 when he was employed as an organist at the Oxford Chapel. He went on to take a number of similar posts before being appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1755 and becoming organist at the Chapel Royal in 1758.

When Boyce's deafness became so bad that he was unable to continue in his organist posts, he retired and worked on completing the compilation Cathedral Music that his teacher Greene had left incomplete at his death. This led to Boyce editing works by the likes of William Byrd and Henry Purcell. Many of the pieces in the collection are still used in Anglican services today.

Boyce is best known for his set of eight symphonies, his anthems and his odes. He also wrote the masque Peleus and Thetis and songs for John Dryden's Secular Masque, incidental music for William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale, and a quantity of chamber music including a set of twelve trio sonatas.

Albums
'Boyce, Handel & Blow: Music for St Paul's' (CDH55359)
Boyce, Handel & Blow: Music for St Paul's
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55359  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Boyce: Peleus and Thetis & other theatre music' (CDA66935)
Boyce: Peleus and Thetis & other theatre music
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66935  Archive Service  
'Boyce: Solomon' (CDA66378)
Boyce: Solomon
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66378  Archive Service  
'Boyce: Trio Sonatas' (CDD22063)
Boyce: Trio Sonatas
Buy by post £10.50 CDD22063  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)  
'Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's' (CDH55359)
Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55359  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Favourite Baroque Classics' (CDH55020)
Favourite Baroque Classics
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55020  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Handel, Blow & Boyce: Music for St Paul's' (CDH55359)
Handel, Blow & Boyce: Music for St Paul's
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55359  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'London Pride' (CDA67457)
London Pride
Buy by post £5.25 CDA67457  Please, someone, buy me …  
'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 5 56-68' (CDP11005)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 5 56-68
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDP11005  Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12  
'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 6 69-78' (CDP11006)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 6 69-78
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDP11006  Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12  
'The Psalms of David' (CDS44101/12)
The Psalms of David
Buy by post £40.00 CDS44101/12  12CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
On other labels
'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010  2CDs for the price of 1 — Download only  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Corydon and Miranda (Boyce)
Gavot  Movement of Symphony No 4 in F (Boyce)
Gavotte  Movement 2 of Trio Sonata No 12 in G major (Boyce/Craxton)
Give the King thy judgements, O God  First line to Psalm 72 'Deus, iudicium' (Boyce)
Lord, thou hast been our refuge (Boyce)
Music for Florizel and Perdita (Boyce)
My soul truly waiteth still upon God  First line to Psalm 62 'Nonne Deo?' (Boyce)
Ode for the King's Birthday (Boyce)
Peleus and Thetis (Boyce)
Psalm 62 'Nonne Deo?' (Boyce)
Psalm 72 'Deus, iudicium' (Boyce)
Rise, rise, heart-breaking sighs  First line to The Dirge from Romeo and Juliet (Boyce)
Solomon (Boyce)
Symphony No 4 in F (Boyce)
The Dirge from Romeo and Juliet (Boyce)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 1 in A minor (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 10 in E minor (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 11 in C minor (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 12 in G major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 12 in G major (Boyce/Craxton)
Trio Sonata No 13 in A minor (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 14 in F major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 15 in D major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 2 in F major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 3 in A major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 4 in G minor (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 5 in D major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 6 in B flat major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 7 in D minor (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 8 in E flat major (Boyce)
Trio Sonata No 9 in C major (Boyce)
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