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Dr. Boyce's Court Odes


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The following volumes contain Odes composed by Dr. William Boyce for the King's Birthday and for the New Year, while he held the position of Master of his Majesty's Band of Musicians. The composer's name is only attached to the first piece. Each group of three MSS. contains (1) the score, (2) the vocal parts, (3) the instrumental parts, with slight irregularities. George II, whose birthday was on Oct. 30, died on Oct. 25, 1760: George Ill's birthday was kept on June 4, the real day in Old Style having been May 24. Dr. Boyce died on Feb. 7, 1779.

Several vocal and instrumental parts are wanting in nos. 26821-22.


  • Creation: Written in 1755-1779


4.73 Linear metres (43 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Mus. Sch. D. 298a-c, fols. 1-2]

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MSS. Mus. Sch. D. 298a-340c

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20976


Dr. Boyce's Court Odes

Biographical / Historical

William Boyce (1711-1779) was a composer, organist and editor. See the Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 26694-26822

Hake catal. (c.1855) no. 189-231

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Dr. Boyce's Court Odes
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Weston Library
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