Thomas Linley

Thomas Linley (1756-1778) wrote but a few works in his short life. These reveal a remarkably fluent and imaginative composer: Mozart remarked to Michael Kelly in 1784 that "Linley was a true genius" who "had he lived, would have been one of the greatest ornaments of the musical world". He died in a boating accident on 5 August 1778.

Let God Arise in Full Score

Thomas Linley's large-scale anthem would suit many a choir or choral society today. It is his earliest surviving major work. The anthem was first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester in 1773. It was repeated in Gloucester two years later with additional movements. Most remarkable of these is the duet between oboe and soprano, "It is the Lord that ruleth the sea" in which the composer shows a remarkable synthesis of the earlier Handelian style and the more modern galant idiom. Scoring: 2 Trumpets, Timps, Oboes, Strings, Continuo, SATB Chorus (with a few bars of soprano divisi), SSATB soloist (only a few bars for the Alto). FULL SCORE


Let God Arise in Vocal Score

VOCAL SCORE (with orchestral reduction)


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Let God Arise: Orchestral Parts

Orchestral parts are available to hire


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