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Linley, Thomas (1725-95), a celebrated English composer, was born at Wells, and studied under Paradies, a famous foreign baritone. He began his musical career by conducting oratorios at Bath, until, by the advice of his son-in-law Sheridan, he came to London, where he gave performances of Handel with Dr. Arnold for some time, and then became one of the proprietors and managers of Drury Lane theatre. His compositions include the music of Sheridan's Baenna and of the Beggar's Opera, Gentle Shepherd, Carnival of Venice, etc., besides various vocal pieces.