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Lot #785
William Boyce Signed Sheet Music

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English composer and organist (1771-1779) known as one of the preeminent composers of his time for the English church and theatre. Sheet music entitled "Twelve Sonatas for Two Violins; With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsicord," printed in London in 1747, signed on the detached title page in ink by Boyce with his initials, "W.B." The title page is also numbered in ink, "No. 498." Includes the disbound sheet music booklets for the three parts: "Violino Primo," "Violino Secondo," and "Basso e Violoncello." In the front of the first violin section is a printed order by King George grating copyright to Boyce, and a list of subscribers. In very good to fine condition, with soiling and staining. Boyce's autograph is exceedingly scarce; this sheet music is one of the only formats in which it is obtainable.

From the collection of Stephen Adamson.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Prince
  • Dates: #627 - Ended January 12, 2022