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Thomas Arne

born: 1710
died: 5 March 1778
country: United Kingdom

Thomas Arne is best known for the popular patriotic song, "Rule, Britannia!", and his musical settings of songs from the plays of William Shakespeare.

He was born in the Covent Garden area of London, to a family that had prospered in the upholstery business. He was educated at Eton College, and was interested in music from his earliest youth. His sister, Susannah Maria Arne, was a famous contralto, who performed in some of his works, including his first opera, Rosamund, performed in 1733. He taught her to sing, and she first performed with him in 1732, along with their brother Richard. In 1736, Arne married singer Cecilia Young, whose sister, Isabella, married the composer John Frederick Lampe. Arne's operas and masques became very popular, and he received the patronage of Frederick, Prince of Wales, at whose country home, Cliveden, the Masque of Alfred, featuring "Rule Britannia", was first performed.

In 1750, after an argument with David Garrick, Susannah left Drury Lane for Covent Garden Theatre, and her brother followed. In 1755, he separated from his wife, who, he alleged, was mentally ill. He had in the meantime begun a relationship with one of his pupils, Charlotte Brent, a soprano and former child prodigy, who performed in some of his works. She later married a violinist. In 1777, shortly before his death, Arne and his wife were reconciled. They had one son, Michael Arne.

He is buried at St Paul's, Covent Garden, London.

'Arne: Artaxerxes' (CDD22073)
Arne: Artaxerxes
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'Arne: Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens' (CDA66237)
Arne: Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens
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'Arne: Six Favourite Concertos' (CDH55251)
Arne: Six Favourite Concertos
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'Arias for Guadagni' (CDA67924)
Arias for Guadagni
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'English 18th-century Violin Sonatas' (CDA66583)
English 18th-century Violin Sonatas
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'Fairest Isle' (CDA67115)
Fairest Isle
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'Linley: Cantatas & Theatre Music' (CDH55256)
Linley: Cantatas & Theatre Music
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'Orpheus with his lute' (CDA67450)
Orpheus with his lute
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'Songs to Shakespeare' (CDA66480)
Songs to Shakespeare
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'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
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'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
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On other labels
'Arne: Artaxerxes' (CKD358)
Arne: Artaxerxes
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Alfred (Arne)
An Ode upon dedicating a building to Shakespeare (Arne)
Artaxerxes (Arne)
Concerto No 1 in C major (Arne)
Concerto No 2 in G major (Arne)
Concerto No 3 in A major (Arne)
Concerto No 4 in B flat major (Arne)
Concerto No 5 in G minor (Arne)
Concerto No 6 in B flat major (Arne)
Cymon and Iphigenia (Arne)
Frolic and free (Arne)
Honour, riches, marriage-blessing (Arne)
Jenny 'An Agreeable Musical Choice' (Arne)
Jenny, bright as the day and as buxom as May  First line to Jenny 'An Agreeable Musical Choice' (Arne)
Love in a village (Arne)
Much Ado About Nothing (Arne)
Music for The Tempest (Linley Jr./Arne/Jackson)
Near a thick grove, whose deep embow'ring shade  First line to Cymon and Iphigenia (Arne)
On a day, alack the day (Arne)
Rule, Britannia  Song of Alfred (Arne)
Sigh no more, ladies  Song of Much Ado About Nothing (Arne)
Solo in E major (Arne)
The Desert Island (Arne)
The glittering sun begins to rise  First line to The glitt'ring sun, Extract of The Morning (Arne)
The glitt'ring sun  Extract of The Morning (Arne)
The kind appointment Celia made  First line to The lover's recantation (Arne)
The lover's recantation (Arne)
The miller of Dee  Song of Love in a village (Arne)
The Morning (Arne)
There was a jolly miller once lived on the River Dee  First line to The miller of Dee, Song of Love in a village (Arne)
Thou soft flowing Avon  Song of An Ode upon dedicating a building to Shakespeare (Arne)
To fair Fidele's grassy tomb (Arne)
Vengeance, O come inspire me!  Act 2, Aria from Alfred (Arne)
What tho' his guilt  Song of The Desert Island (Arne)
When Britain first at heaven's command  First line to Rule, Britannia, Song of Alfred (Arne)
When daisies pied and violets blue (Arne)
When icicles hang on the wall (Arne)
Where the bee sucks, there lurk I (Arne)
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