The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Music - 615 pages
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Gilbert's verses for Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. As the Savoy Operas enter their second century on a swell of renewed popularity, Gilbert's reputation as the supreme wordsmith of light opera remains secure.

Complete and authentic, these are the librettos on which modern performances and recordings are based. Scattered among the songs are over seventy of the amusing, quirky pictures Gilbert drew to illustrate them. A chronology prepared for this edition sketches the authors' lives and careers. This is a book that no lover of Gilbert and Sullivan, musical comedy, or indeed the English theater will want to be without.
 

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Contents

THESPIS or THE GODS GROWN OLD
3
TRIAL BY JURY
37
THE SORCERER
53
S PINAFORE or THE LASS THAT LOVED A SAILOR
87
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE or THE SLAVE OF DUTY
121
PATIENCE or BUNTHORNES BRIDE
157
IOLANTHE or THE PEER AND THE PERI
201
PRINCESS IDA or CASTLE ADAMANT
249
THE MIKADO or THE TOWN OF TITIPU
299
RUDDIGORE or THE WITCHS CURSE
349
THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD or THE MERRYMAN
399
THE GONDOLIERS or THE KING OF BARATARIA
451
UTOPIA LIMITED or THE FLOWERS OF PROGRESS
507
THE GRAND DUKE or THE STATUTORY DUEL
563
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Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, MVO, was an English composer, of Irish and Italian descent, best known for his operatic collaborations with librettist Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, including such continually popular works as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Sullivan's artistic output included 23 operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios, two ballets, incidental music to several plays, and numerous hymns and other church pieces, songs, parlour ballads, part songs, carols, and piano and chamber pieces.

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