Thomas Augustine Arne
(; 12 March 17105 March 1778) was an English composer. He is best known for his patriotic song "Rule, Britannia!
" and the song "A-Hunting We Will Go
", the latter composed for a 1777 production of ''The Beggar's Opera
'', which has since become popular as a folk song and a nursery rhyme. Arne was a leading British theatre composer of the 18th century, working at the West End
's Drury Lane
and Covent Garden
. He wrote many operatic entertainments for the London theatres and pleasure gardens, as well as concertos, sinfonias, and sonatas.
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