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You can purchase copies of Gondoliers scores from the following locations. They offer online, or at least
e-mail, ordering, and shipment to anywhere in the world.

  • Gilbert and Sullivan Archive Edition. The aim of the score is to present the text of the opera as it is generally performed today whilst avoiding the many errors in the Schirmer edition of the score. The dialogue is included as well as the musical numbers, and notes describe the ammendments to the text.
  • Chappells of Bond Street, now at 152-160 Wardour Street, carry the scores for all 13 G&S operas and are willing to ship them anywhere in the world. Their telephone number is +44(0) 20 7432 4400.
  • G&S Works, Inc. provides affordable, specialized orchestrations to theaters that require a smaller orchestra for their G&S operettas. These orchestrations provide a rich, full sound from a smaller ensemble. Three orchestrations are currently available: "The Pirates of Penzance," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and "The Gondoliers."
  • IMSLP — The vocal score [Chappell 1890] and band parts can be downloaded as PDF files. This vocal score differs in places from those currently published by Chappell or Schirmer.
  • John Pitts: New, easy-to-use reduced band arrangements of The Gondoliers for flute/piccolo, oboe, trumpet, violin, bassoon, keyboard and drums (as used by Bristol Savoy Operatic Society). £100 hire per week plus P&P (plus deposit) . Also available: Pirates and Iolanthe.
  • Opus 1 Music — Exclusive North American agents for rental of "The Newby Scores" of the 13 G&S operas. The arrangements are scored for as few as 12 or 13 instrumentalists (or as many as the music director cares to include) and still maintain a balanced, artistic accompaniment. The "Newby Scores" have been used all over the English-speaking world.
  • PJ Music Works has produced a new orchestration recently used by the Radlett Light Operatic Society (UK) Nov 2006 and to be used by Abbots Langley G&S society (UK) Jan 2007. This new version has single wind and brass together with percussion and strings and can be performed effectively with 15 instrumentalists whilst providing colour and balance as close to the original as possible.
  • SheetMusicPlus Sheet Music Plus — The ultimate online sheet music source. They have over 336,000 titles to choose from, and you can order online. Flat rate shipping of $2.99 to any US address. Click on the following links to go directly to their Gondoliers score sales pages:
    Schirmer Vocal Score  Size 7.5x10.7 inches. 288 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
    Kalmus Vocal Score (Original Version)   Reprint source: Chappell. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus.
    Vocal Score  Edited by Marty Winkler. 252 pages. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus.
    Study Score   Arranged by Lloyd-Jones. Published by Schott - Eulenberg Miniature Scores.
      Overture - Full Score   For orchestra: 2, 1, 2, 1 - 2, 2, 2, 0, timpani, percussion, strings. Duration 12 minutes. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus.
      Overture - Set of Parts   For orchestra: 2, 1, 2, 1 - 2, 2, 2, 0, timpani, percussion, strings. Score sold separately.Duration 12 minutes. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus.
      Finale (6-PACK)   Arranged by J Leavitt. Choral. Size 6.75x10.5 inches. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
      Finale (6-PACK)   Edited by Clough-Leighter, H. & Woodworth, G. W. Choral. For SATB, Piano 4 Hands or Orchestra. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing. 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
  • Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. - The Tams-Whitmark Music Library, which is located in New York City, has available the original D'Oyly Carte Orchestration for Gondoliers.
  • WVD Press publishes a new edition of the conductor's score and orchestral parts of The Gondoliers.


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