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Thomas Augustine Arne

Thomas Augustine Arne

(1710 - 1778)

Thomas Augustine Arne (March 2, 1710 - March 5, 1778) was an English composer; the most accomplished composer of operas, oratorios and other stage works of his generation. Though not many of his stage works are often performed today, his music was immensely popular in its day, and for decades afterward.

Arne's instrumental works display a firm grasp of the newer Rococo style introduced to London a few years before by Johann Christian Bach.

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Chandos CHAN8403
4 Symphonies/Chandos CHAN8403
Adrian Shepherd/Cantilena

Keyboard Concertos

Hyperion CDA66509
6 "Favorite" Concertos/Hyperion CDA66509 - reissued as CDH55251
Paul Nicholson (harpsichord, organ & fortepiano)/Parley Of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
6 Organ Concertos/Chandos CHAN8604/5
Roger Bevan Williams (organ), Adrian Shepherd/Cantilena

Trio Sonatas

Amon Ra CD-SAR42
7 Trio Sonatas, Op. 3/Chandos Chaconne CHAN0666
Collegium Musicum 90
5 Trio Sonatas, Op. 3; 2 Harpsichord Sonatas/Amon Ra CD-SAR42
Paul Nicholson (harpsichord), Le Nouveau Quatuor