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Thomas Linley (1733–95)

Thomas Linley was a musician and composer who lived in Bath, moving later to London to become associated with the Drury Lane Theatre. His numerous children received a musical education, and several of them showed great talent. Thomas Linley Jr was the most gifted. A child prodigy both as a violinist and composer, he was sent on tours of Europe and was well received – even Mozart commented on his promise. His early death by drowning at the age of twenty-two means that little of his work exists. However, in Songs of the Linleys for high voice some material has been preserved. His Shakespeare Ode which was first performed at Drury Lane on 20th March 1776 is published in Volume 30 of Musica Britannica.

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