Greene, Maurice

About 1695-1755

English organist and composer; born in London; was a choir-boy in St. Paul's Cathedral under Charles King, and also studied with the organist, Richard Brind, whom he succeeded in 1718, having been organist of St. Andrew's at Holborn the preceding year, and of St. Dunstan's from 1716. In 1727 he succeeded Dr. Croft as organist and composer to the Chapel Royal, and in 1730 became professor of music at Cambridge. In 1735 he became master of the King's band. He founded the Apollo Club, and was one of the founders of the Society of Musicians; he was also friendly with both Handel and Buononcim. In 1750, on receipt of a considerable legacy, he began a collection of English sacred music, which he had long desired to publish in score; but, dying before the completion of the work, he entrusted it to Dr. Boyce, who afterward edited the collection. His works include oratorios, Jephthah, and The Force of Truth; Florimel, a pastoral; The Judgment of Hercules, a masque; Phoebe,   an opera; Forty Select Anthems in Score, his principal work; odes; canons; songs; settings of twenty-five sonnets from Spenser; several   collections of vocal music; compositions for organ and for harpsichord, and a Te Deum.