Thomas Arne
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1710-03-12
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Biography

Thomas Augustine Arne, born in London in 1710, was one of the leading native English composers of the mid-18th century. The son of an upholsterer, he was sent to Eton and then apprenticed to an attorney, but soon found his ...

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Thomas Arne, Nicholas McGegan, Jamie MacDougall, Jennifer Smith, Philharmonia Chorus & Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Alfred - masque, Rule Britannia!
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Alfred - masque, Rule Britannia! Alfred - masque, Rule Britannia! Alfred - masque, Rule Britannia! Alfred - masque, Rule Britannia!
Thomas Arne, Academy of Ancient Music, Emma Kirkby & Christopher Hogwood
Rise, Glory, rise for voice & accomp [from the play 'Rosamond']
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Rise, Glory, rise for voice & accomp [from the play 'Rosamond'] Rise, Glory, rise for voice & accomp [from the play 'Rosamond'] Rise, Glory, rise for voice & accomp [from the play 'Rosamond'] Rise, Glory, rise for voice & accomp [from the play 'Rosamond']
Thomas Arne, Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman & The Parley of Instruments
Arne The Morning (cantata)
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Arne The Morning (cantata) Arne The Morning (cantata) Arne The Morning (cantata) Arne The Morning (cantata)
Emma Kirkby, Thomas Arne, Academy of Ancient Music & Christopher Hogwood
Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest']
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Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest'] Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest'] Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest'] Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest']
Christopher Hogwood, Thomas Arne & Academy of Ancient Music
Overture no. 7 in D major
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Overture no. 7 in D major Overture no. 7 in D major Overture no. 7 in D major Overture no. 7 in D major
Classical Opera Company, Ian Page, Elizabeth Watts & Thomas Arne
Aria 'The Soldier, tir'd of war's alarms' from Act 3 of 'Artaxerxes'
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Aria 'The Soldier, tir'd of war's alarms' from Act 3 of 'Artaxerxes' Aria 'The Soldier, tir'd of war's alarms' from Act 3 of 'Artaxerxes' Aria 'The Soldier, tir'd of war's alarms' from Act 3 of 'Artaxerxes' Aria 'The Soldier, tir'd of war's alarms' from Act 3 of 'Artaxerxes'
Thomas Arne, Emma Kirkby, Academy of Ancient Music & Christopher Hogwood
Brightest Lady: Thrice Upon thy Finger’s Tip (Comus)
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Brightest Lady: Thrice Upon thy Finger’s Tip (Comus) Brightest Lady: Thrice Upon thy Finger’s Tip (Comus) Brightest Lady: Thrice Upon thy Finger’s Tip (Comus) Brightest Lady: Thrice Upon thy Finger’s Tip (Comus)
Thomas Arne, Emma Kirkby, Roy Goodman & The Parley of Instruments
The Morning
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The Morning The Morning The Morning The Morning
Roderick Williams, The BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo & Thomas Arne
Rule Britannia
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Rule Britannia Rule Britannia Rule Britannia Rule Britannia
Thomas Arne & James Thomson
Rule Britannia!
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Rule Britannia! Rule Britannia! Rule Britannia! Rule Britannia!
Thomas Arne, Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby & Academy of Ancient Music
The Tempest - songs from the play
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The Tempest - songs from the play The Tempest - songs from the play The Tempest - songs from the play The Tempest - songs from the play
Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage & Thomas Arne
Overture to 'Thomas and Salley'
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Overture to 'Thomas and Salley' Overture to 'Thomas and Salley' Overture to 'Thomas and Salley' Overture to 'Thomas and Salley'
Christopher Hogwood, Thomas Arne & Academy of Ancient Music
Overture No. 3 in G
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Overture No. 3 in G Overture No. 3 in G Overture No. 3 in G Overture No. 3 in G
Thomas Arne, Roderick Williams, BBC Singers & Sakari Oramo
Rule, Britannia!
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Rule, Britannia! Rule, Britannia! Rule, Britannia! Rule, Britannia!
Thomas Arne & Catherine Bott and the Parley of Insturments
When daisies pied and violets blue
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When daisies pied and violets blue When daisies pied and violets blue When daisies pied and violets blue When daisies pied and violets blue
Thomas Arne & Emma Kirkby with The Parley of Instruments
The Morning
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The Morning The Morning The Morning The Morning
Thomas Arne, Anna Gillingham & Julian Perkins
He's gone to bed - Fly Time (from The Cooper)
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He's gone to bed - Fly Time (from The Cooper) He's gone to bed - Fly Time (from The Cooper) He's gone to bed - Fly Time (from The Cooper) He's gone to bed - Fly Time (from The Cooper)
Thomas Arne, Classical Opera Company & Ian Page
Artaxerxes - opera: Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid"
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Artaxerxes - opera: Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid" Artaxerxes - opera: Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid" Artaxerxes - opera: Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid" Artaxerxes - opera: Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid"
Thomas Arne, Classical Opera Company & Christopher Ainslie
Artaxerxes - Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid"
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Artaxerxes - Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid" Artaxerxes - Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid" Artaxerxes - Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid" Artaxerxes - Act 1"Fair Semira, Lovely Maid"
Thomas Arne, Lisa Beznosiuk, Roy Goodman, Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments & Emma Kirkby
The Morning - cantata for voice and instruments
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The Morning - cantata for voice and instruments The Morning - cantata for voice and instruments The Morning - cantata for voice and instruments The Morning - cantata for voice and instruments
Emma Kirkby (soprano), Christopher Hogwood (conductor), Thomas Arne & Academy of Ancient Music
Where the bee sucks
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Where the bee sucks Where the bee sucks Where the bee sucks Where the bee sucks

Where the bee sucks

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Emma Kirkby (soprano), Christopher Hogwood (conductor), Thomas Arne & Academy of Ancient Music
Thomas Arne, Christopher Hogwood & Academy of Ancient Music
Overture no. 6 in B flat major (feat. Christopher Hogwood & Academy of Ancient Music)
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Overture no. 6 in B flat major (feat. Christopher Hogwood & Academy of Ancient Music) Overture no. 6 in B flat major (feat. Christopher Hogwood & Academy of Ancient Music) Overture no. 6 in B flat major (feat. Christopher Hogwood & Academy of Ancient Music) Overture no. 6 in B flat major (feat. Christopher Hogwood & Academy of Ancient Music)
Academy of Ancient Music, Thomas Arne & Christopher Hogwood
Overture No. 1 in E minor (feat. Christopher Hogwood)
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Overture No. 1 in E minor (feat. Christopher Hogwood) Overture No. 1 in E minor (feat. Christopher Hogwood) Overture No. 1 in E minor (feat. Christopher Hogwood) Overture No. 1 in E minor (feat. Christopher Hogwood)
Arne (Collegium Musicum 90, conducted by Simon Standage)
Thomas and Sally: Overture (feat. Simon Standage & Collegium Musicum 90)
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Thomas and Sally: Overture (feat. Simon Standage & Collegium Musicum 90) Thomas and Sally: Overture (feat. Simon Standage & Collegium Musicum 90) Thomas and Sally: Overture (feat. Simon Standage & Collegium Musicum 90) Thomas and Sally: Overture (feat. Simon Standage & Collegium Musicum 90)
Thomas Arne & James Thomson
Rule Britannia (feat. James Thomson)
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Rule Britannia (feat. James Thomson) Rule Britannia (feat. James Thomson) Rule Britannia (feat. James Thomson) Rule Britannia (feat. James Thomson)
Christopher Hogwood & Thomas Arne
Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G
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Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 in G
Thomas Arne, Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage
Overture no. 7 in D major (feat. Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage)
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Overture no. 7 in D major (feat. Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage) Overture no. 7 in D major (feat. Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage) Overture no. 7 in D major (feat. Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage) Overture no. 7 in D major (feat. Collegium Musicum 90 & Simon Standage)
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Biography

Thomas Augustine Arne, born in London in 1710, was one of the leading native English composers of the mid-18th century. The son of an upholsterer, he was sent to Eton and then apprenticed to an attorney, but soon found his way into the musical profession. As a Roman Catholic, he was barred from writing for the court and the Anglican church; and he composed only a handful of orchestral and instrumental works. But he made up for this with a prolific career in the London theatre, setting almost exclusively English words, as opposed to the Italian of Handel’s international companies. He was house composer at the Drury Lane Theatre from 1734 to 1750, with an interlude of two seasons in Dublin, and after that house composer at Covent Garden.

Arne’s theatrical output, much of it now lost, covered a wide range, from songs for plays, by way of comic operas in various genres, to full-length serious operas – notably Artaxerxes, which was first performed in 1762 and remained in the repertoire well into the 19th century (and will returned to Covent Garden, downstairs in the Linbury Theatre, in 2009). He also wrote songs for the London pleasure gardens and in 1761 an oratorio, Judith. But he is chiefly remembered today for some of his tuneful songs for Shakespeare plays, and of course for ‘Rule, Britannia!’ from the 1740 patriotic masque Alfred.

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