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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
CDH55359Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Boyce: Peleus and Thetis & other theatre music
CDA66935Archive Service
Boyce: Solomon
CDA66378Archive Service
Boyce: Trio Sonatas
CDD220632CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's
CDH55359Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Favourite Baroque Classics
CDH55020Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Handel, Blow & Boyce: Music for St Paul's
CDH55359Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010for the price of 1 — Download only
London Pride
CDA67457
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 5 56-68
CDP11005Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12Download currently discounted
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 6 69-78
CDP11006Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12Download currently discounted
The Psalms of David
CDS44101/1212CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Complete works available for download

Lord, thou hast been our refugeSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, The Parley of Instruments, John Scott (conductor)
Ode for the King's BirthdayOpera Restor'd, Peter Holman (conductor)
Psalm 62 'Nonne Deo?'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Psalm 72 'Deus, iudicium'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
The Dirge from Romeo and JulietJulia Gooding (soprano), Philippa Hyde (soprano), Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Andrew Dale Forbes (bass), Opera Restor'd, Peter Holman (conductor)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, VauxhallCatherine Bott (soprano), David Owen Norris (piano)
Trio Sonata No 1 in A minorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 10 in E minorThe Parley of Instruments
Trio Sonata No 11 in C minorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 12 in G majorThe Parley of Instruments
Trio Sonata No 13 in A minorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 14 in F majorThe Parley of Instruments
Trio Sonata No 15 in D majorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 2 in F majorThe Parley of Instruments
Trio Sonata No 3 in A majorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 4 in G minorThe Parley of Instruments
Trio Sonata No 5 in D majorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 6 in B flat majorThe Parley of Instruments
Trio Sonata No 7 in D minorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 8 in E flat majorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Trio Sonata No 9 in C majorThe Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
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