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Thomas Arne
Thomas Arne displayed an interest for music from a young age and although he secretly practiced at night while the family was asleep they remained unaware of his passion for music. His father earned a good enough living as an upholsterer to send Thomas to Eton college and he was then indentured to a firm of solicitors for a term of three years. During this time his father found out about his passion for music and discovered the renowned musician and composer Michael Festing had been teaching Thomas how to play various instruments including the violin. His father realised that Thomas should follow his own dream and allowed him to pursue his career in music. The church of England would not accept any of Arnes work because he was a catholic so he set off on his musical career composing for Drury Lane theatre where he spent 16 years and then Covent Garden theatre where his most successful work of his time was Artaxerxes in 1762. In the 1740's Arne wrote the music to several Shakespeare plays including the Tempest, Twelfth Night and the Merchant of Venice. 1740 was very productive for Arne as it saw him compose his most outstanding work in The Masque of Althred which included most notably; Rule Britannia. In lieu of his contribution to music Oxford University awarded him a degree of Doctor in 1759 and he was considered to be the most successful composer of his era. Even though he let his music do most of the talking I still tracked down and compiled my list of twelve of the best Thomas Arne quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Thomas Augustine Arne
  • Born: 12th March 1710, Covent Garden, London, England
  • Died: 5th March 1778, Covent Garden, London, England
  • Occupation: Composer and musician
  • Famous for: Composing Rule Britannia
  • Trivia: The Church of England barred him for composing for them because he was a catholic

"No more the Heathen shall blaspheme"

Thomas Arne

"Your Beef shall be well pickled before I have done"

Thomas Arne

"It is obvious, that he meant no elegance, with regard to the poetry; But made it entirely subservient to his extream pretty design, in the music"

Thomas Arne

"I have only my small merit and hard labour to subsist on, let it never be a matter of the least difference between us"

Thomas Arne

"I have acted like a man of honour, and you - overlooked a jewel"

Thomas Arne

"The whole circle are in tears - even butchers weep"

Thomas Arne

"The main study of every wise man is to arrive at rectitude"

Thomas Arne

"If I have tired you, it is more than you could do by me, were you to fill a ream of paper"

Thomas Arne

"When I recommended Miss Jameson as such, I was to whistle an angel from Heaven"

Thomas Arne

"I have prudently quitted, and being robb’d by an abandon’d infamous Whore and Thief of a Servant"

Thomas Arne

"Let it not be said, that so great a master of his art is deaf or blind to rising merit"

Thomas Arne

"Rule, Britannia, rule the waves, Britons never will be slaves"

Thomas Arne





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