The Mikado, Or, The Town of Titipu

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Bryceson Treharne
G. Schirmer, 2002 - Music - 231 pages
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(Vocal Score). Trusted the world over, the classic, authoritative G. Schirmer editions of the stage works of Gilbert & Sullivan have been spruced up! These new vocal scores feature the complete music and all dialogue, gorgeous color covers, plot synopses, articles on the famous partnership, the history of each operetta, filmographies and discographies. The sewn binding ensures a lifetime of use. The biggest success of the Gilbert & Sullivan career, this witty tale of tangled law and love is a thinly veiled commentary on Victorian England. Musical highlights include: A Wand'ring Minstrel I * As Some Day It May Happen * Three Little Maids from School Are We * The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze * Mi-ya Sa-ma * Willow, Tit-Willow * and more.

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A wandring minstrel I Solo and Chorus NankiPoo and Men
Our great Mikado virtuous man Solo and Chorus PishTush and Men
Young man despair Song PoohBah NankiPoo and PishTush
No 4a And have I journeyed for a month Recitative NankiPoo and PoohBah
Behold the Lord High Executioner Chorus and Solo KoKo and Men
No 5a As some day it may happen Solo and Chorus KoKo and Men
Braid the raven hair Opening Chorus and Solo PittiSing and Girls
The sun whose rays are all ablaze Song YumYum
Brightly dawns our wedding day Madrigal YumYum PitaSing NankiPoo and PishTush
Heres a howdedo Trio YumYum NankiPoo and KoKo
Miya sama March of the Mikados Troops Chorus and Duet Mikado Katisha Girls and Men
A more humane Mikado Solo and Chorus Mikado Girls and Men
The criminal cried as he dropped him down Trio and Chorus KoKo PitaSing PoohBah Girls and Men
See how the Fates their gifts alot Glee Mikado PittiSing PoohBah KoKo and Katisha

Comes a train of little ladies Chorus Girls
Three little maids from school are we Trio and Chorus YumYum PeepBo PitaSing and Girls
So please you Sir we much regret Quartet and Chorus YumYum PeepBo PitaSing PoohBah and Girb
Were you not to KoKo plighted Duet YumYum and NankiPoo
I am so proud Trio PoohBah KoKo and PishTush
With aspect stern and gloomy stride Finale of Act I Ensemble
The flowers that bloom in the spring Song NankiPoo KoKo YumYum PittiSing and PoohBah
Alone and yet alive Recitative and Song Katisha
Willow titwillow Song KoKo
There is beauty in the bellow of the blast Duet Katisha and KoKo
For hes gone and married YumYum Finale of Act II Ensemble

About the author (2002)

Born in London, William S. Gilbert served a term as a government clerk and was called to the bar as a barrister before being diverted into the bohemian world of Victorian comic journalism. He first achieved popularity as the author of several volumes of "Bab Ballads" (Max Beerbohm praised them as "silly"). Moving on to theater, Gilbert contributed to the current rage for travesties of opera and for one-act musical "entertainments" until a blank-verse burlesque of Tennyson's Princess Princess led to commissions and full-length comedies, both mythological and "modern." Still highly regarded by critics, some of these---perhaps Sweethearts (1874) and Engaged (1877)---should be investigated by today's readers and producers. As it is, their best memorial is the early work of George Bernard Shaw, who, although he polemically rejected their cynicism, was clearly influenced by Gilbert's comedies and their inversion of social values. By the time of Engaged, however, a second dramatic career had overtaken Gilbert. Collaboration with the composer Arthur Sullivan, begun in 1871 (Thespis), achieved theatrical success with Trial by Jury in 1875. In the comic operas that followed, Sullivan's generally allusive music enriched the sometimes shrill pessimism of Gilbert's wit. An unlikely jostle of theatrical parody, contemporary satire, intricate meters, and logical fantasy, the librettos have often been compared with the comedies of Aristophanes and have influenced English playwrights from Oscar Wilde to Tom Stoppard. Uncomfortable, often acrimonious, the partnership nevertheless lasted through 25 years and 13 Savoy operas (so called because many were staged by Richard D'Oyly Carte at his Savoy Theatre). Gilbert, whose merely theatrical connections (as opposed to Sullivan's serious musical credentials) held him back from formal honors, was knighted in 1907, only a few years before his death.

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