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A fact from Thomas Arne appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 26 November 2008, and was viewed approximately 2928 times (disclaimer)(check views). The text of the entry was as follows: "Did you know
... that the majority of the more than 90 stage works composed by Thomas Arne(pictured) are now lost, probably destroyed in the disastrous fire at Covent Garden in 1808?"
I've reviewed this article as part of the Composers project review of its B-class articles. This is a really nice article; it's clearly not far from GA/FA consideration. From a composer biography perspective, the only thing keeping it from an A rating is the lack of a list of (known) compositions. Read me detailed review on the comments page. Questions and comments can be left here or on my talk page. Magic♪piano 14:46, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
This source states that he was in fact baptized in the Roman Catholic faith and despite not having a lot of attachement to it, he never renounced it: "Arne was baptised a Catholic, his mother's faith and, while his religion was never an overbearing influence on his life, it meant that he composed no music for the Anglican church - unlike Handel, Boyce, Stanley and even Pepusch - and excluded him from the circles of royal and noble patronage that his rivals enjoyed. Arne's personal life was also the cause of scandal: in the late 1750s he took his pupil Charlotte Brent (25 years his junior, she was later to star in many of his productions) as his mistress, abandoning his wife in Dublin with an allowance, only to reconcile with her the year before his death after Brent married another man."126.96.36.199 (talk) 23:15, 7 April 2011 (UTC)