Thomas Arne
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1710-03-12
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Thomas Arne

Thomas Arne Biography (BBC)

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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Thomas Arne Biography (Wikipedia)

Thomas Augustine Arne (12 March 1710 – 5 March 1778) was an English composer. He is best known for his patriotic song "Rule, Britannia!", which has become a second national anthem to "God Save the Queen", and the song "A-Hunting We Will Go". Arne was a leading British theatre composer of the 18th century, working at Drury Lane and Covent Garden.

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Thomas Arne
Alfred, masque; Rule Britannia!
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Alfred, masque; Rule Britannia!

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Overture No 3 in G major
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Overture No 3 in G major
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When daisies pied (Love's Labours Lost)
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When daisies pied (Love's Labours Lost)
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The Morning
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The Morning
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Away With Our Sorrow and Care
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Away With Our Sorrow and Care
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Symphony no. 4 in C minor
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Symphony no. 4 in C minor
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Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)
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Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)
Thomas Arne
When daisies pied (Love's Labour's Lost)
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When daisies pied (Love's Labour's Lost)
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Rise, Glory, rise (Rosamond)
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Rise, Glory, rise (Rosamond)
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Alfred: Overture: i. Allegro Moderato
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Alfred: Overture: i. Allegro Moderato
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National Anthem: God Save The Queen
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National Anthem: God Save The Queen

National Anthem: God Save The Queen

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Music Arranger
Orchestra
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Stephen Threlfall
Thomas Arne
Love in a Village (The Traveller Benighted)
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Love in a Village (The Traveller Benighted)
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Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)
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Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)
Thomas Arne
Air: Gentle swain! (The Judgment Of Paris)
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Air: Gentle swain! (The Judgment Of Paris)
Thomas Arne
Recitative: Saturnia (The Judgment Of Paris)
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Recitative: Saturnia (The Judgment Of Paris)
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Overture No 1 in E minor
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Overture No 1 in E minor
Thomas Arne
Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest']
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Where the Bee Sucks [from 'The Tempest']
Thomas Arne
Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)
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Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)
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Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)
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Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)
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Rule Britannia
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Rule Britannia

Rule Britannia

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Music Arranger
Choir
Dubai Opera Festival Chorus
BBC Singers
Thomas Arne
Overture No 1 in E minor
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Overture No 1 in E minor
Thomas Arne
The Masque of Comus: By The Rushy-Fringed Bank
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The Masque of Comus: By The Rushy-Fringed Bank
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Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in G minor
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Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in G minor
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Rule, Brittania!
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Rule, Brittania!
Thomas Arne
There honour comes, a pilgrim grey (Alfred)
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There honour comes, a pilgrim grey (Alfred)
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Overture No 5 in D major
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Overture No 5 in D major
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Artaxerxes (Overture)
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Artaxerxes (Overture)
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Under the greenwood tree
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Under the greenwood tree
Thomas Arne
Under the greenwood tree from 'As you like it'
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Under the greenwood tree from 'As you like it'
Thomas Arne
Where the bee sucks
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Where the bee sucks
Thomas Arne
Where the bee sucks from 'The Tempest'
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Where the bee sucks from 'The Tempest'
Thomas Arne
Rule, Britannia!
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Rule, Britannia!
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Alfred (Overture)
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Alfred (Overture)
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Fly soft ideas (Artaxerxes)
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Fly soft ideas (Artaxerxes)

Fly soft ideas (Artaxerxes)

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Singer
Elizabeth Watts
Conductor
Ian Page
Thomas Arne
Sonata no. 8 in G major: Minuet (& 4 variations)
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Sonata no. 8 in G major: Minuet (& 4 variations)
Thomas Arne
Thou soft-flowing Avon
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Thou soft-flowing Avon

Thou soft-flowing Avon

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Ensemble
Parley of Instruments
Conductor
Thomas Arne
Artaxerxes (Overture)
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Artaxerxes (Overture)

Artaxerxes (Overture)

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Conductor
Ian Page
Orchestra
Orchestra of Classical Opera Company
Thomas Arne
Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)
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Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)
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