1740–1802
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Au­gust 10, 1740, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Oc­to­ber 22, 1802, London, Eng­land.

Westminster Abbey, London England.

Son of Thomas Ar­nold and Prin­cess Amal­ia, Sam­u­el had a prolific career as composer, organist, and scholar. He began as choir boy at the Chapel Royal, and by his twenties was writing successful operas such as The Maid of the Mill (1765), and playing the harpsichord at Co­vent Garden in Lon­don. At age 29, he and Tho­mas Pin­to became owners of Mar­y­le­burn Gardens, which later failed after someone embezzled a great deal of money; Arnold lost £10,000 on the venture.

Oxford Un­i­ver­si­ty awarded Arnold a Doctor of Music degree in 1773, and his works were performed in Lon­don theaters throughout that decade. In 1783 he became organist at the Chapel Royal, in 1789 director of the Academy of Ancient Music, and in 1793 organist at West­min­ster Abbey. His works in­clude:

  1. Arnold