Boyce : Burial service, The : Full score
Composer: William Boyce (1711 - 1779)
Forces: S.A.T.B. + reduction
Lyrics: Book of Common Prayer, 1662
I am the resurrection and the life - Man that is born of a woman - I heard a voice from heaven.
This edition has been prepared from James Page's Harmonia sacra, 1800 (the only extant version of a near-primary source). Time values have been halved, and considerable liberties have been taken in re-barring, in an attempt to convey the solemn declamatory style appropriate to this setting. Boyce's (Page's) figured bass has been substituted by a simple reduction for practice purposes. The style of the organ accompaniment is not germane to performance: the original directions shew that the service was intended primarily for use without the church.
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