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William Boyce: Birthday Ode for the Prince of Wales (later George III)

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 105

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'Another passing Year is flown' [Bartlett/Bruce 158]. Ode composed for the 14th birthday of George III (Sunday 24 May 1752) before the death of his father. See London Magazine, 1752, p. 241. Performed at Ranelagh (fol. 41).

Autograph full score, marked 'No. 2' by Boyce. Fols. 2-32. Upright folio, usually bifolia. Watermark 'Pro Patria', countermark crowned 'G.R.'. Ruled with 12 staves, no marginal ruling.

Copyist's vocal parts, Mrs. Storer, singer (fols. 35-39) and Mr. Beard, singer (fols. 41-47). Large oblong quarto. Watermark 'Bend and Lily, LVG', countermark 'IV'. Ruled with 10 staves, no marginal ruling.

Orchestral parts, written out by copyist, with some annotation by Boyce. 1st and 2nd oboe, 1st and 2nd horns, trumpet; violins: first principal, 2 ripieni, second principal, 2 ripieni, tenor; 4 bass, organ. Fols. 50-152. Large upright quarto. Paper as 2 above. Ruled with 12 staves, no marginal ruling.


  • Creation: [1752]


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 105, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 105

Former shelfmark:

Music School F. 6. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17338


Birthday Ode for the Prince of Wales (later George III) by William Boyce, [1752].

Biographical / Historical

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

Other Finding Aids

Robert Hake, [Catalogue of the Music School Collection], c 1850-1855. No. CLXX.

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. 26622.

Custodial History

This item is part of the Music School collection of printed and manuscript music, which was originally bequeathed to the University of Oxford by William Heather (c 1563-1627), and gradually added to until the end of the 18th century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.


  • Ian Bartlett and Robert J. Bruce, William Boyce: a tercentenary sourcebook and compendium (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)

Physical Facet

ii + 155 leaves. Most of the parts were stitched in white paper covers.

Birthday Ode for the Prince of Wales (later George III) by William Boyce
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom