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Arthur Sullivan: A Victorian Musician
A Victorian Musician

ISBN 9781138609495
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
509 Pages

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Book Description

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

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