Published in 1992. This is a revised, enlarged edition of a book which on its original appearance in 1984 was hailed as a landmark in the study of Victorian musical life. It presents the figure of Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1990) not only as the celebrated co-creator of light operas with W.S Gilbert, but as a composer of all kinds of music from symphony and concerto to ballads such as ‘The Lost Chord’ and hymns such as ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’. A prominent public life, with a knighthood in 1883, is contrasted with an unconventional private life involving a liaison of almost thirty years with an American living in London, Mary Frances Ronalds.
The author’s access to Sullivan’s diary held by Yale University and to letters and other documents at the Pierpont Morgan library in New York gives this book both a unique authority and a deep human understanding. A new chapter updates research to the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, 1992, and incorporates music examples.
Table of Contents
1. Beginnings 2. Mentors 3. Leipzig and London 4. In Demand 5. In Search of Schubert 6. Love and Operetta 7. From Tennyson to Gilbert 8. A Partnership and a Patron 9. Broadening 10. Fanny 11. A College and an Aquarium 12. Collaborations 13. ‘Pinafore’ and Piracy 14. Translation 15. ‘We Select an Englishman’ 16. The Martyr and the Dairy Maid 17. Diarist and Traveller 18. Loss 19. With Electric Light 20. Conflict 21. At the Centre 22. To California 23. Triple Assignment 24. In Other’s Eyes 25. ‘I am not Strong’ 26. The Furthest Point 27. ‘Monarchs of all they Savoy’ 28. Transitions, Translations 29. On the Carpet 30. ‘English Grand Opera’ 31. Return to the Savoy 32. Satire 33. The End of the Partnership 34. Jubilee 35. Valedictions 36. Legacy 37. 1842-1992