Arnold, Samuel, Mus Doc
Arnold, Samuel, Mus. Doc.
a celebrated composer of music, son of Baron Arnold, was born in London, Aug. 10, 1740. He became composer to the Covent Garden Theatre about 1762, and was appointed organist to the king in 1783. He died Oct. 22,1802. His published works are numerous, including four oratorios, eight odes, three serenatas, forty-seven operas, three birlettas, and other pieces. His most famous oratorio was that of the Prodigal Son. His Cathedral Music (4 vols.) is still popular. At the particular request of George III, he superintended the publication of a magnificent edition of all the works of Handel, in score, of which he completed thirty-six folio volumes. See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.