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Masters of the Queen's - and King's - Music
8. William Boyce
William Boyce (1711-1779) studied music under his predecessor as Master of the King's Musick, Maurice Greene. He was appointed to the post in 1755 and became one of the organists at the Chapel Royal in 1758. When Boyce's deafness became so bad that he was unable to continue playing, he retired and worked on completing the compilation Cathedral Music that Greene had left incomplete at his death. Boyce is best known for eight symphonies, his anthems and odes.