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Dr Samuel Arnold (1740-1802)

Dr Samuel Arnold was a celebrated composer and musician, who was the beneficiary of Royal patronage from a very early age. At the age of 23 he was engaged as composer to Covent Garden Theatre, and from 1765 brought out a series of operas and oratorios. He was also associated with the theatre at Marylebone Gardens. In 1783 he was appointed organist and composer to the Chapels Royal, and in 1793 organist at Westminster Abbey. At the request of King George III Arnold undertook the editing of an edition of the works of Handel, and in 1790 published an important collection of church music.

Arnold was an admirer and promoter of the careers of Charles Wesley junior and his brother Samuel.

Source: H. C. Colles, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1927)

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