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Greene, Maurice

Born: 1696 AD
Died: 1755 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Composers, Organist

1696 – Born on August 12th in London. English composer and organist.

1710 – Maurice Greene was the youngest of seven children and began his musical studies with Jeremiah Clarke and Charles King as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral. At the age of 14 his voice broke and his musical tutoring was continued under Richard Brind, the Cathedral organist.

1714 – At the age of 17 he began his first musical post as organist at St. Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street.

1718 – The ‘Housekeepers of the Parish’ voted unanimously to appoint Greene as organist at a salary of £50 per annum.

         – Greene married Mary Dillingham who was a cousin of the composer Jeremiah Clarke.

1722 – Greene was a founder member of the Castle Society.

1727 – Greene was appointed as organist and composer of the Chapel Royal.

1730 – To mark the opening of the new Senate House at Cambridge on 6th July, Greene’s Ode on St. Cecillia’s Day was first performed with a text especially written for the occasion by the poet Alexander Pope. The following day Greene was admitted ‘Doctor in Musica’ and shortly afterwards made a professor of Music.

1735 – Greene was elected to the highest musical position in the land – Master of the King’s Musick.

1738 – Saw the publication of ‘The Chaplet’, a collection of 12 English Songs.

1750 – Greene’s only surviving child, Katherine, married the Reverend Michael Festing, the son of his lifelong friend. Greene’s health began to deteriorate around this time and led him to disband the Apollo Academy and to stop conducting the clergy festival, which was then taken over by Boyce.

1752 – Greene inherited the ancestral estate of Bois Hall in Essex making him (for the first time) a wealthy man with an income of £700 per annum.

1755 – He died on December 1st at his house in Beaufort Buildings.