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William Boyce

September 11, 1711 - February 7, 1779
born in London, England, composed during the Classical period
The leading native-born composer of eighteenth century England (save perhaps for Thomas Arne), William Boyce was born in London in 1711. He received his primary musical training as a boy soprano at St. Paul's Cathedral. When his voice changed, Boyce necessarily left the choir and began to study organ with the church's organist and composer, Maurice Greene. In 1734, Boyce accepted his first professional position as organist at the Oxford Chapel, where he remained for two years, also spending time teaching at a variety of nearby schools. From that position, Boyce moved on to serve in the same capacity at St. Michael's, and concurrently assumed a court composer position at the Chapel Royal. He was, a year later, named director of England's Three Choirs Festival, an annual celebration that was the first such endeavor of its kind and continues today in London.

Boyce's profile began to rise in the 1750s. In 1749, Boyce accepted employment as organist at the All Hallows Church, but also began a relationship with the Drury Lane Theater; he composed a wealth of incidental music over the next three years for that establishment. When, in 1755, the flourishing musician's former teacher Maurice Greene died, Boyce assumed the position "Master of the King's Music," an appointment widely considered the apex of his artistic career; in this post he reached the height of his celebrity in London. In this capacity, Boyce composed music (primarily odes) to be performed at specific royal occasions. Boyce also was named conductor at St. Paul's Cathedral's Sons of Clergy Festival.

In 1758, the Royal Chapel, who had already employed Boyce as court composer, hired him as chief organist. Boyce was rapidly losing his hearing, however, and was forced to resign his posts at both St. Michael's and All Hallows Church. His deafness had developed early in his life but did not handicap him until it worsened considerably in his later years. In forced retirement, Boyce committed himself to editing and organizing a collection of English church scores by numerous composers, including William Byrd and Henry Purcell. This compilation, entitled Cathedral Music, had been a project started by his teacher Maurice Greene many years prior to his death. Much of its remains prominent in the Anglican Church repertoire today.

Boyce produced a generous quantity of music during his career, and is most widely recognized for his symphonies, anthems, and overtures. His eight symphonies, all in three movements, combine Baroque style with forward looking elements; like other early "symphonies" in Italy, these were closely linked to the theatrical overture form; indeed, these symphonies were essentially collations of pieces borrowed from Boyce's own catalog of music for theater. Boyce composed music for keyboard, as well as chamber music for varied ensembles; a group of 12 trio sonatas in the Italian manner, published in 1747, proved particularly successful.

The music essayist Charles Burney recognized an essential English quality in Boyce's works, but the composer fell into obscurity in the nineteenth century. It was not until the 1930s that a quantity of his music (specifically his symphonies, overtures, and three concerti grossi) was rediscovered. Prominent in the revival of his works was the English conductor Constant Lambert, who edited scores of his music and programmed it repeatedly. ~ David Brensilver, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Boyce: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day

Title: Ode For St. Cecilia's Day
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Track List: Boyce: Symphonies Op. 2

Title: Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/1

1. Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/1: I. Allegro

2. Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/1: II. Moderato E Dolce

3. Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/1: III. Allegro

Title: Symphony In A Major, Op. 2/2

4. Symphony In A Major, Op. 2/2: I. Allegro Assai

5. Symphony In A Major, Op. 2/2: II. Vivace

6. Symphony In A Major, Op. 2/2: III. Presto Allegro

Title: Symphony In C Major, Op. 2/3

7. Symphony In C Major, Op. 2/3: I. Allegro

8. Symphony In C Major, Op. 2/3: II. Vivace

9. Symphony In C Major, Op. 2/3: III. Tempo Di Minuetto

Title: Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/4

10. Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/4: I. Allegro

11. Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/4: II. Vivace Ma Non Troppo

12. Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/4: III. Gavot (Allegro)

Title: Symphony In D Major, Op. 2/5

13. Symphony In D Major, Op. 2/5: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo. Allegro Assai

14. Symphony In D Major, Op. 2/5: II. Tempo Di Gavotta

15. Symphony In D Major, Op. 2/5: III. Tempo Di Minuetto

Title: Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/6

16. Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/6: I. Largo. Allegro

17. Symphony In F Major, Op. 2/6: II. Larghetto

Title: Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/7

18. Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/7: I. Andante. Spirituoso

19. Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/7: II. Moderato

20. Symphony In B Flat Major, Op. 2/7: III. Jigg (Allegro Assai)

Title: Symphony In D Minor, Op. 2/8

21. Symphony In D Minor, Op. 2/8: I. Pomposo. Allegro

22. Symphony In D Minor, Op. 2/8: II. Largo Andante

23. Symphony In D Minor, Op. 2/8: III. Tempo Di Gavotta

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Track List: Boyce: Trio Sonatas (English Orpheus, Vol 38) /Parley of Instruments

Disc 1
Title: Trio Sonata No. 1 In A Minor

1. Trio Sonata No. 1 In A Minor: I. Largo

2. Trio Sonata No. 1 In A Minor: II. Fuga (Allegro)

3. Trio Sonata No. 1 In A Minor: III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

Title: Trio Sonata No. 2 In F Major

4. Trio Sonata No. 2 In F Major: I. Andante Vivace

5. Trio Sonata No. 2 In F Major: II. Adagio

6. Trio Sonata No. 2 In F Major: III. Allegro

7. Trio Sonata No. 2 In F Major: IV. Allegro Ma Non Troppo (Giga)

Title: Trio Sonata No. 3 In A Major

8. Trio Sonata No. 3 In A Major: I. Largo

9. Trio Sonata No. 3 In A Major: II. Fuga (Allegro Assai)

10. Trio Sonata No. 3 In A Major: III. Adagio

11. Trio Sonata No. 3 In A Major: IV. Tempo Di Minuetto

Title: Trio Sonata No. 4 In G Minor

12. Trio Sonata No. 4 In G Minor: I. Gratisoso

13. Trio Sonata No. 4 In G Minor: II. March (Grave)

14. Trio Sonata No. 4 In G Minor: III. Tempo Di Gavotta

Title: Trio Sonata No. 5 In D Major

15. Trio Sonata No. 5 In D Major: I. Allegro

16. Trio Sonata No. 5 In D Major: II. Largo

17. Trio Sonata No. 5 In D Major: III. Fuga (Allegro Assai)

Title: Trio Sonata No. 6 In B Flat Major

18. Trio Sonata No. 6 In B Flat Major: I. Adagio

19. Trio Sonata No. 6 In B Flat Major: II. Vivace (Allemanda)

20. Trio Sonata No. 6 In B Flat Major: III. Adagio

21. Trio Sonata No. 6 In B Flat Major: IV. Affettuoso

Title: Trio Sonata No. 7 In D Minor

22. Trio Sonata No. 7 In D Minor: I. Andante

23. Trio Sonata No. 7 In D Minor: II. Fuga (Allegro)

24. Trio Sonata No. 7 In D Minor: III. Adagio

25. Trio Sonata No. 7 In D Minor: IV. Allegro (Giga)

Title: Trio Sonata No. 8 In E Flat Major

26. Trio Sonata No. 8 In E Flat Major: I. Largo

27. Trio Sonata No. 8 In E Flat Major: II. Allegro (Allemanda)

28. Trio Sonata No. 8 In E Flat Major: III. Siciliana

29. Trio Sonata No. 8 In E Flat Major: IV. Tempo Di Minuetto (Allegro)

Disc 2
Title: Trio Sonata No. 9 In C Major

1. Trio Sonata No. 9 In C Major: I. Adagio Ad Libitum

2. Trio Sonata No. 9 In C Major: II. Fuga (Allegro)

3. Trio Sonata No. 9 In C Major: III. Canone (Grave)

4. Trio Sonata No. 9 In C Major: IV. Spirituoso

Title: Trio Sonata No. 10 In E Minor

5. Trio Sonata No. 10 In E Minor: I. Adagio

6. Trio Sonata No. 10 In E Minor: II. Allegro

7. Trio Sonata No. 10 In E Minor: III. Largo

8. Trio Sonata No. 10 In E Minor: IV. Tempo Di Minuetto (Allegro)

Title: Trio Sonata No.11 In C Minor

9. Trio Sonata No.11 In C Minor: I. Adagio

10. Trio Sonata No.11 In C Minor: II. Fuga (Allegro)

11. Trio Sonata No.11 In C Minor: III. Affettuoso (Hornpipe)

12. Trio Sonata No.11 In C Minor: IV. Allegro (Giga)

Title: Trio Sonata No. 12 In G Major

13. Trio Sonata No. 12 In G Major: I. Moderato

14. Trio Sonata No. 12 In G Major: Tempo Di Gavotta

15. Trio Sonata No. 12 In G Major: III. Dolce (Minuetto) - Tempo Di Gavotta

Title: Trio Sonata No.13 In A Minor

16. Trio Sonata No.13 In A Minor: I. Adagio (Preludio)

17. Trio Sonata No.13 In A Minor: II. Vivace (Fuga)

18. Trio Sonata No.13 In A Minor: III. Largo

19. Trio Sonata No.13 In A Minor: IV. Giga (Allegro)

20. Trio Sonata No.13 In A Minor: V. Minuetto (Allegro)

Title: Trio Sonata No.14 In F Major

21. Trio Sonata No.14 In F Major: I. Largo

22. Trio Sonata No.14 In F Major: II. Vivace

23. Trio Sonata No.14 In F Major: III. Grave

24. Trio Sonata No.14 In F Major: IV. Gavotta (Allegro)

Title: Trio Sonata No.15 In D Major

25. Trio Sonata No.15 In D Major: I. Largo Andante (Allemanda)

26. Trio Sonata No.15 In D Major: II. Vivace (Corrente)

27. Trio Sonata No.15 In D Major: III. Adagio (Sarabanda)

28. Trio Sonata No.15 In D Major: IV. Gavotta (Allegro)

29. Trio Sonata No.15 In D Major: V. Minuetto

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Boyce is a great composer, wrote great music, unlike today's genre!
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Music for the ages. Play on, good Sir.
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Elegant and lively...his music is enjoyable listening.
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Happy 302 years William
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Happy 300th Birthday Good Sir!

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