Biography of William Boyce (1711-1779)

English organist and composer. He/She began his career singing in the choir of the Cathedral of San Pablo de Londres, he/she then studied organ with the organist of the Cathedral, Maurice Greene and then Pepusch. Doctor of music from the University of Cambridge (1749), was appointed organist and Professor of the Royal Chapel in 1736 in 1758. His work led him to be regarded as the best English composer of the 18th century, trial that still remains. His main work was the Lyra britannica (1745-55), collection of songs, cantatas and duets. He/She composed also vocal pieces, preludes for organ and harpsichord, symphonies, sonatas, overtures and theatrical music. At the end of his life, however, was greatly affected by deafness, which delegated much of its work and walked away from the new musical trends.

His work as editor was also of the utmost importance and its collection Cathedral Music (1760-72) has allowed to keep much of the Repertoire of sacred music from the 16th, 17TH and 18th centuries.


Marc Honegger. Dictionary of music. (Madrid: Espasa Calpe, Second Edition, 1993).

History of classical music. (Madrid: Planeta, 1983).