1710–1779

Introduction

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Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 7, 1710, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 7, 1779, Ken­sing­ton, Eng­land.

Buried: St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Biography

Boyce started his mu­sic­al ca­reer sing­ing in the choir at St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral.

Af­ter stu­dy­ing un­der St. Paul’s or­gan­ist, Mau­rice Greene, he be­came or­gan­ist at the Earl of Ox­ford’s cha­pel.

In 1736, he be­came com­pos­er at the Cha­pel Roy­al, and or­gan­ist at St. Mi­chael’s, Corn­hill. In 1749, he re­ceived mu­sic de­grees from Ox­ford.

Deafness forced him to re­tire from per­form­ing in the 1760’s, but he con­tin­ued to write.

Works

He com­piled a three vol­ume Ca­thed­ral Mu­sic (1760–73), and wrote stage works, an­thems, in­stru­ment­al piec­es, and oth­er mu­sic.

Sources

Music