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Thomas Linley

born: 17 January 1733
died: 19 November 1795
country: United Kingdom

The Linleys were the most important and influential family of musicians in eighteenth-century Bath. Thomas Linley the elder was the son of a builder and carpenter who moved to the city in the late 1740s to take advantage of the building boom. He became a harpsichordist, singing teacher and composer, and started to direct concerts there in the mid 1750s, gradually involving his talented children in them: Elizabeth, Mary and Maria were precociously gifted singers, while Thomas junior played a violin concerto in Bristol at the age of eight. In 1776 he became one of the managers of the Drury Lane Theatre and the family moved to London.

from notes by Peter Holman

Albums
'Enchanting Harmonist' (CDA66698)
Enchanting Harmonist
'O tuneful voice' (CDA66497)
O tuneful voice
Complete works available for download
Ah! what avails the sprightly morn of life Invocation, Julia Gooding (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass)
Alas, from the day my poor heart Invocation, Julia Gooding (soprano)
Awake, my lyre Invocation, Rufus Müller (tenor)
Fly to my aid, O mighty Love Invocation, Julia Gooding (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass)
He who could first two gentle hearts unbind Invocation, Julia Gooding (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass)
In thousand thoughts of love and thee Invocation, Julia Gooding (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass)
The lark sings high in the cornfield Emma Kirkby (soprano), Timothy Roberts (harpsichord/spinet/virginals)
Think not, my love, when secret grief Emma Kirkby (soprano), Frances Kelly (harp)
Ye sportive loves, that round me wait Invocation, Julia Gooding (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ah! what avails the sprightly morn of life (Linley Sr.)
Alas, from the day my poor heart (Linley Sr.)
Awake, my lyre (Linley Sr.)
Fly to my aid, O mighty Love (Linley Sr.)
He who could first two gentle hearts unbind (Linley Sr.)
In thousand thoughts of love and thee (Linley Sr.)
The lark sings high in the cornfield (Linley Sr.)
Think not, my love, when secret grief (Linley Sr.)
Ye sportive loves, that round me wait (Linley Sr.)
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