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Thomas Arne
1710 - 1778
Great Britain, England
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Th.A. Arne
Dr. Thomas Augustine [Thomas] Arne (12/03/1710 - 05/03/1778), an English composer. Arne was born in King Street, Covent Garden, London in March of 1710.
His family wanted him to have a career in law but Arne was destined for musical greatness. It is said that he learned the piano and violin in secret and would sneak away to the opera and sit in the servent's gallery. Once his parents became aware of his enormous talent for music they consented to allow him to recieve formal training. As a composer he enjoyed greater popularity and success than any other English composer. Charles Burney in his General History of Music wrote "The melody of Arne at this time forms an era in English Music; it was so easy, natural and agreeable to the whole kingdom, that it had an effect upon our national taste.". Arne composed over 80 works for the stage as well as cantatas, odes, glees and chamber works. Rule Britannia is perhaps his best known composition. He was named Doctor of .Music by Oxford University. in 1759 was subsequently refered to as Dr Arne.
Libera me in E minor
Composed in:1770
Musical form:motet
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:Francis Pemberton
Libera me (1770) is for 3 soloists (soprano, tenor and bass), SATTB choir and organ. Musicological sources: British Museum Add. MSS. 33240 called "A Dirge." Composed in 1770 to be sung at the funeral of his friend Francis Pemberton at the Sardinian Chapel in Oxford Road. Libera me contains:
01. A dirge
02. Libera me
03. Tremens factus sum
04. Dies illa
05. Requiem aeternam
06. Requiescat in pace