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The Shepherds’ Lottery

Composer
William Boyce
Year of composition
1751
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2008
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Orchestra
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William Boyce was born in 1711 in Maiden Lane (now Skinners’ Lane) in the City of London. His exact date of birth is unknown but we do know that he was baptised on 11th September, 1711 at the church opposite his home: St. James’ Garlickhythe. On Garrick’s invitation, Boyce composed the music for a masque at Drury Lane - ’The Shepherd’s Lottery’ with words by Moses Mendez - it was well-received by audiences. Boyce died at the age of 67 on 7th February, 1779 (of gout according to John Hawkins) and was buried under the centre of the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral on the morning of Tuesday 16th February.

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