WILLIAM BOYCE (1711 - 1779)
William Boyce is among the most important English composers of
the late Baroque period, 25 years younger than Handel, whom he
outlived by twenty years. He was a rival of Arne and in 1757 became
Master of the King's Music. His works include a variety of music
for both church and theatre.
Boyce's instrumental music includes a set of Eight Symphonies in eight parts, published in 1760, compositions that reflect the changing tastes of the time. His set of Twelve Trio Sonatas followed a fashion that had started with Corelli in the previous century and was now coming to an end.
Vocal and Choral Music
One of Boyce's best known songs is the patriotic Heart of Oak. His church music still retains a place in Anglican cathedral repertoire, strengthened by the appearance of his collected Cathedral Music.