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Arne, Thomas Augustine (opera)locked

  • John A. Parkinson

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(b London, March 12, 1710; d London, March 5, 1778). English composer and violinist , the leading figure in English theatrical music in the mid-18th century. He was born and spent most of his life in Covent Garden. His father was a successful upholsterer and undertaker who sent his son to Eton intending him for the legal profession, though he allowed him to study the violin with the composer Michael Festing. A chance encounter in a friend’s house when he found his son leading the orchestra caused Thomas Arne senior to consent to the choice of a musical career....

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