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Thomas Augustine Arne: Thomson Rule Britannia: Arr. (Eaton Fanning): SATB

Vocal Score | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation SATB
Composer Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranger Eaton Fanning
Publisher J. Curwen and Sons

When 18th century British composer Thomas Arne included his song Rule, Britannia! in a masque based on the life of Alfred the Great that was presented at Cliveden, the country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales, he could not have imagined that more than two hundred seventy years later his ditty would be known throughout the British Isles and beyond. Rule, Britannia! is widely used in the Royal Navy and British Army and is featured each year at the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall as a national sing-along.At the time of writing, the Dutch actually ‘ruled the waves,’ so this song was more an exhortation than a status report. The lyrics were also a statement of civil liberty. Since Cromwell’s time, Britain had had a standing army which could be turned against the native population. A standing navy, however, existed solely to protect the nation from invaders, protecting a free populace.Rule, Britannia! has been quoted extensively by other composers, among them Beethoven, Wagner, Strauss, and Arthur Sullivan. Thomas Arne also penned a version of God Save The King which came to be the British national anthem.This version is arranged by contemporary composer and friend Eaton Fanning, who made changes to the famous semiquaver flourishes.

Language ENG
Difficulty Easy
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Vocal Score
Theme Celebration
Release Date 2015
Pages 4
EAN 5020679242001
Edition Number JC66014
Catalog No. MUSJC66014
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