Sir Arthur Sullivan: life story, letters, and reminiscences

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H.S. Stone and Company, 1900 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages

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Page 219 - I think fighting for fighting sake's sufficient cause ; fighting to me 's religion and the laws. SIR JO. Ah, well said, my Hero; was not that great, sir? by the Lord Harry he says true; fighting is meat, drink, and cloth to him. But, Back, this gentleman is one of the best friends I have in the world, and saved my life last night — you know I told you. BLUFF.
Page 280 - The well, which the princes digged, Which the nobles of the people delved, With the sceptre, and with their staves.
Page 223 - Were I thy bride! This heart of mine Would be one heart with thine, And in that shrine Our happiness would dwell — Were I thy bride!
Page 158 - The main colourtones are white, pale yellow, and gold — gold used only for backgrounds or in large masses, and not — following what may be called, for want of a worse name, the Gingerbread School of Decorative Art — for gilding relief-work or mouldings.
Page 106 - He read it through, and it seemed to me, in a perturbed sort of way, with a gradual crescendo of indignation, in the manner of a man considerably disappointed with what he had written. As soon as he had come to the last word he closed up the manuscript violently, apparently unconscious of the fact that he had achieved his purpose so far as I was concerned, inasmuch as I was screaming with laughter the whole time.
Page 165 - A musical knight can hardly write shop ballads either; he must not dare to soil his hands with anything less than an anthem or a madrigal; oratorio, in which he has so conspicuously shone, and symphony, must now be his line. Here is not only an opportunity, but a positive obligation for him to return to the sphere from which he has too long descended. Again we would beg him to remember that he alone of all his brother knights possesses youth and strength, and, therefore, it is to him that we look...
Page 36 - With respect to the compositions, we were gratified at finding in the youthful Sullivan a talent which we may venture to say, by the aid of active and continued perseverance, gives promise of a favourable future. His overture was certainly a little spun out, but nevertheless successful, by the aid of well-selected materials, in mastering the expression of the one definite aim held in view.
Page 54 - It's my dog's birthday, and I write a little piece for him every year.' " I induced Chorley to let me take him to meet Rossini. Chorley hesitated a good deal because he had sometimes expressed his opinions very freely in the Athenaum, and not always favourably, about Rossini's music.
Page 36 - ... heart did not beat at all. I wasn't in the least nervous, only in one part where the drum would come in wrong at the rehearsal, but he did it all right in the evening. I was called forward three times at the end, and most enthusiastically cheered. I shot the bird, as Mr.
Page 43 - ... hobby is still conducting. I have been told by many of the masters here that I was born to be a conductor, and consequently have been educating myself to a high degree in that branch of the art. If I can only once obtain an opportunity to show what I can do in that way, I feel confident of my success afterwards. Do not mistake this for conceit . . . but I am getting of an age now when I shall be obliged to have confidence in myself and my own resources. I often try to think what would have become...

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