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Linley, Thomas (1756-1778)  

Thomas Linley

born: 7 May 1756
died: 5 August 1778
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, and began to compose soon after. Thomas went to study with Nardini in Florence for three years in 1768, where he met and befriended Mozart, his exact contemporary. On his return in 1771 he became Bath’s leading violinist, a position he retained until 1776 when his father became one of the managers of the Drury Lane Theatre and the family moved to London. He died two years later at the age of twenty-two in a boating accident at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire.

from notes by Peter Holman

Albums
'Linley: A Lyric Ode on the Fairies, Aerial Beings and Witches of Shakespeare' (CDH55253)
Linley: A Lyric Ode on the Fairies, Aerial Beings and Witches of Shakespeare
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55253  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Linley: Cantatas & Theatre Music' (CDH55256)
Linley: Cantatas & Theatre Music
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'Linley: The Song of Moses & Let God arise' (CDH55302)
Linley: The Song of Moses & Let God arise
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'Enchanting Harmonist' (CDA66698)
Enchanting Harmonist
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66698  Archive Service  
'English 18th-century Violin Sonatas' (CDA66583)
English 18th-century Violin Sonatas
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'English Classical Violin Concertos' (CDH55260)
English Classical Violin Concertos
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55260  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Lyric Ode on the Fairies, Aerial Beings and Witches of Shakespeare 'The Shakespeare Ode' (Linley Jr.)
All Canaan's heathen race  No 13, Chorus of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
But let the righteous be glad  No 3, Air of Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
Daughter of Heav'n, fair art thou! 'Darthula' (Linley Jr.)
Give thanks, O Israel  No 7, Air of Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
He is a father  No 6, Duet of Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
In yonder grove (Linley Jr.)
Jehovah ever be my song  No 2, Duet of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
Lo, the waves thy breath obey  No 6, Recitative of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Magnify him  No 5, Chorus of Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
'Mong the Gods by men adored  No 9, Air of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Music for The Tempest (Linley Jr.)
Music for The Tempest (Linley Jr./Arne/Jackson)
No force can stand  No 3, Accompanied recitative of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
O Israel turn – The wave hath closed  No 4, Air – Chorus of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
O sing unto God  No 4, Chorus of Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
Overture to The Duenna (Linley Jr.)
Praise be to God, and God alone  No 1, Chorus of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Sonata in A major (Linley Jr.)
The sea is before them  No 7, Chorus of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Thither thy people, Lord  No 14, Duet of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Thither, what power  No 12, Recitative of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Thou stretchest out thy hand  No 10, Accompanied recitative of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Thou, as thy mercy had decreed  No 11, Air of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Thus the foe with haughty pride  No 8, Accompanied recitative of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
Thy arm, O Lord of Hosts  No 5, Air of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
To ages shalt thou stretch thy sway  No 15, Chorus of The Song of Moses (Linley Jr.)
To heal the wound a bee had made (Linley Jr.)
Violin Concerto in F major (Linley Jr.)
Wonderful art thou  No 8, Chorus of Let God arise (Linley Jr.)
Ye nymphs of Albion's beauty-blooming isle (Linley Jr.)
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