A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Maurice Greene

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August 12, 1696: Maurice Greene is born in London, Kingdom of England, the son of Rev. Thomas Greene, chaplain of the Chapel Royal, canon of Salisbury, and vicar of St. Olave Jewry and St. Martin Pomeroy in London.
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January 1, 1753: What Warrior King, an ode by Maurice Greene (56) to words of Cibber, is performed for the first time, in the Great Council Chamber of St. James’ Palace, London.
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January 1, 1754: Hail! Hail! auspicious rising year, an ode by Maurice Greene (57) to words of Cibber, is performed for the first time, in the Great Council Chamber of St. James’ Palace, London.
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October 30, 1754: When glory with refulgent wings, an ode by Maurice Greene (58) to words of Cibber, is performed for the first time, in honor of the birthday of King George II, in the Great Council Chamber of St. James’ Palace, London.
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January 1, 1755: As Rome of old, for Halcion Days, an ode by Maurice Greene (58) to words of Cibber, is performed for the first time, in the Great Council Chamber of St. James’ Palace, London.
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October 30, 1755: Pierian sisters hail the morn, an ode for the birthday of King George II by William Boyce (44) to words of Cibber, is performed for the first time, in the Great Council Chamber of St. James’ Palace, London. Boyce is called upon to compose this year’s birthday ode because Maurice Greene (59) is too ill.
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November 26, 1755: Hearing that Maurice Greene (59) is near death, William Boyce (44) writes to the Prime Minister, the Duke of Newcastle, to request that he succeed Greene as Master of the Royal Musicians. The request will eventually be granted.
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December 1, 1755: Maurice Greene dies at his home in the Beaufort Buildings in the Strand, London, United Kingdom, aged 59 years, three months and 19 days.
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December 10, 1755: The earthly remains of Maurice Greene are laid to rest privately, according to his wish, in the minister’s vault of St. Olave Jewry, London. See 18 May 1888.
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June 27, 1757: William Boyce (45) formally appointed as Master of the King’s Musicians, a year and a half after the death of his predecessor, Maurice Greene. Boyce has been serving in this position ad interim since Greene’s death.
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April 14, 1779: The extensive music library of William Boyce (†0), which includes the music library of Maurice Greene (†23), is auctioned by Christie and Ansell in London.
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May 18, 1888: The mortal remains of Maurice Greene (†132) are removed from St. Olave Jewry in London and reinterred in St. Paul’s Cathedral near those of his student William Boyce (†109). St. Olave Jewry is being demolished.