Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Midweek music spot: Rule Britannia! (Last Night of the Proms 2009)

Rule Britannia performed - musically, at least - as Thomas Arne originally wrote it for the finale of the opera "Alfred."

Don't know if it was ever sung in his lifetime by a mezzo-soprano wearing an Admiral's full dress uniform, though as the 18th century was rather less buttoned-up than the one which followed it, that would not in the least surprise me!

2 comments:

Jim said...

Yeah, some musical moments are just awesome.

Chris Whiteside said...

Indeed. I was about to write "Arne't they just" when I realised that might come over as a terrible pun given the name of the composer ...