The lyrics of "Rule, Britannia!" were written by the Scottish-born Poet James Thomson (1700–1748) and set to music by the English composer Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778). The Song was part of a Masque about Alfred the Great called "Alfred" and first performed in 1740. The overall show soon became largely forgotten, but the Song "Rule, Britannia!" became very popular. The music has been used or quoted by a number of Classical Composers and also more recently by Film Composers usually to accompany scenes set in London. The Song is often performed at the last night of the Proms - the series of "Promenade Concerts" held each summer, generally in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Because the Song is Patriotic in nature, it has become almost a secondary National Anthem of England.
This arrangement of "Rule, Britannia!" is for flute and piano, although other appropriate instruments can also play the flute part. Here is the Flute Part to download, and the pianist should play from the Score. Pianists may also be interested in the alternative arrangement of "Rule, Britannia!" for Piano Solo. More Patriotic or National Songs can be found in our article National Anthems and Patriotic Songs.
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The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Arne's Rule Britannia for flute and piano in PDF format.