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O where shall wisdom be found?

author of text
Job 28: 12-15, 18, 20-21a, 23-28

Born in London, William Boyce (1711-79) was one of the finest English composers unfortunate enough to be overshadowed by Handel. He spent eight years as a chorister at St Paul’s, before studying with Maurice Greene. A succession of organist appointments culminated in the title of Master of the King’s Musick in 1755. By 1758, when he became an organist at the Chapel Royal, his hearing had deteriorated, and he devoted himself to editing church music. Constant Lambert published a modern edition of Boyce’s first eight symphonies in 1928, beginning a revival of his music. These are still his best known secular works, while his church music has always been performed. His list of compositions includes anthems, odes, masques, incidental music and twelve trio sonatas. O where shall wisdom be found? (text from Job) has aptly been described as Boyce’s most representative anthem, for its 'combination of sound learning with truth and sublimity, and deep, though simple, piety of feeling' (John S Bumpus: A History of English Cathedral Music, 1908).

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2018


Great Cathedral Anthems
Studio Master: SIGCD514Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on SIGCD514 [8'43] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD514 track 6

Recording date
8 July 2016
Recording venue
Canterbury Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Mike Cox & George Collins
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  1. Great Cathedral Anthems (SIGCD514)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2018
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