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Linley, Thomas (opera)

Gwilym Beechey

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Bath, May 5, 1756; d Grimsthorpe, Lincs., Aug 5, 1778). English composer , son of Thomas Linley (i). He was one of the most precocious composers and performers that have been known in England. A superb violinist, he first played a concerto at a concert in Bristol on 29 July 1763. He studied with Boyce from 1763 to 1768, and on 29 January 1767 at Covent Garden made his theatrical début as Puck in Thomas Hull’s The Fairy Favour, with music by J. C. Bach. (His sister Elizabeth also made her début then, as Goss’mour). After study with Nardini in Florence (c 1768–71) Linley returned to Bath to assist his father in various musical enterprises there and in London, where he also pursued further studies with Boyce.

The music that Linley composed after 1771 was of an astonishingly high quality, but only a fairly small proportion of it survives. Very little was published in his lifetime, and none of his large-scale works in full score. For the theatre he collaborated with R. B. Sheridan and his father in ...

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Subjects: Opera

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