William Boyce: Symphony No.1 in Bb major
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32. William Boyce: Symphony No.1 in Bb major
Boyce was one of the most important English composers of the Baroque period, appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1755 and organist at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace (pictured). His tuneful and rhythmic eight symphonies are the best known of all his works. The Symphony No. 1 in B flat major is derived from the overture to the New Year’s Ode, ‘Hail, hail, auspicious day’, written to welcome in 1756.