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William Boyce (baptised 11 September 1711 – d. 7 February 1779)

William Boyce was a notable composer of the 18th century, known for his contributions to the development of classical music in England. Born in 1711, Boyce began his career as a choirboy at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, where he received his early musical training. He later studied composition with the renowned composer Maurice Greene, and went on to become a respected composer and conductor in his own right.

One of Boyce's most famous works is his set of eight symphonies, which are considered some of the finest examples of classical music from the period. These symphonies showcase Boyce's mastery of form and structure, and demonstrate his ability to create complex and expressive melodies. In addition to his symphonies, Boyce also composed a number of other works including operas, oratorios, and chamber music.

Despite his significant contributions to classical music, Boyce is often overshadowed by his contemporary, George Frideric Handel. However, his works are still highly regarded and continue to be performed and celebrated today. Boyce's influence can be heard in the works of many later composers, and he remains an important figure in the history of classical music.