Rule, Britannia

Rule, Britannia,

English patriotic song. The music was composed by Thomas Augustine ArneArne, Thomas Augustine
, 1710–78, English composer. Arne composed the song Rule, Britannia, based on an ode by James Thomson. He composed new music for an adaptation of Milton's masque Comus (1738) and for some of the songs in Shakespeare's plays.
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 for his masque Alfred, first performed August 1, 1740, in commemoration of the accession of George I. The words of the masque were written by James ThomsonThomson, James,
1700–1748, Scottish poet. Educated at Edinburgh, he went to London, took a post as tutor, and became acquainted with such literary celebrities as Gay, Arbuthnot, and Pope.
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 (who is supposed to be the author of this song) and David MalletMallet or Malloch, David
, c.1705–1765, English poet and dramatist, b. Scotland. His best-known work is the ballad William and Margaret (1720).
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He was rewarded by the gift of sinecure offices from the government and did some further writing, including, probably, the patriotic lyric, 'Rule, Britannia,' and also pseudo-classical tragedies; but his only other poem of much importance is 'The Castle of Indolence' (a subject appropriate to his own good-natured, easy-going disposition), which appeared just before his death, in 1748.
It is difficult, and perhaps impossible, to imagine any other government awarding valuable naval contracts to foreign firms, so Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon should pull out his finger and start singing Rule, Britannia.
In second half, Corley led the audience in Rule, Britannia, followed by Edwards singing the show stopper, Nessun Dorma, from Puccini's Turandot.
Friday's concert promises a feast of popular classics (including works by Verdi, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky) crowned with a jubilant Proms finale featuring Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, and Rule, Britannia!
Rule, Britannia was a poem by James Thomson which was set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740.
Listen to how much Wagner relished the blood-and-thunder of the American piece as an antidote to the vast angst-filled Parsifal canvases on which he was currently engaged, and stir to his treatment of Rule, Britannia (ok, the last four minutes are indeed fustian padding), written at a time (1836) when Britannia really did still rule the waves.
The poet also is remembered as the author of the famous ode "Rule, Britannia," from Alfred, a Masque (1740, with music by T.A.
Regular classics include Nessun Dorma, The Hornpipe, Land of Hope And Glory and Rule, Britannia!
singing a raucous duet version of Rule, Britannia!''
Orff's O fortuna from Carmina Burana, Tchaikovsky's Finale from Swan Lake and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 pumped up the volume in the first half, likewise Parry's Jerusalem, Arne's Rule, Britannia! and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture in the second.
Land Of Hope And Glory, Rule, Britannia! and You'll Never Walk Alone will apparently all get an airing.