|Scores and CDs from Raymond J. Walker
Arthur Sullivan: Kenilworth
Libretto by H. F. Chorley
pp 78pp £12
This pageant, described as an Elizabethan
masque, is based on part of Scott's novel.
Written at the start of Sullivan's career
for the Birmingham Festival the work includes
the charming Lady of the Lake number.
Its Slow Dance with chorus assumes
an Old English style which carried a formula later used for
the Savoy operas. Background notes included.
This score complements the Symposium CD [Symposium 1247].
|Arthur Sullivan: The Window
Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Tennyson was encouraged by George Grove to
provide the young Sullivan with lyrics for a song cycle.
When written, Tennyson disliked his work
and refused publication. He even offered Sullivan £500
to abandon the project. Tennyson reluctantly
agreed to publication on condition that a prefatory note
appear (included with this edition). Floral
motifs accompany the songs and a Millais engraving is used
for the front cover. This 1870s volume was
expensive and cherished by musical Victorian households.
Arthur Sullivan : The Contrabandista
This score matches the Hyperion recording [CDA67486]
Comic Opera in
Libretto by F. C. Burnand
This work is the first full scale opera written
by Sullivan ever published. Staged by the German Reeds
at St George's Hall, London it did not enjoy
a long run. Historically, this is interesting because it is
the only opera ever fully revised by both
writer and composer. Its revival played at the Savoy Theatre
and was retitled The Chieftain.
|Arthur Sullivan: The Foresters
Incidental music, songs and
Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
This short work was commissioned by the owner
of Daly's Theatre, New York and later played at his London theatre.
It was well reviewed and amongst its nine
numbers it includes the rousing drinking song "Long Live Richard".
A facsimile theatre programme is
||Arthur Sullivan: Cox & Box
One act triumviretta with libretto (1867)
Libretto by F. C. Burnand
The vocal score of the original 65 minute version, not the substantally cut version used by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
as a 25 minute curtain raiser. Also included is the earlier setting of the
"Lullaby" as well as
sample pages of Maddison Morton's play, Box
& Cox, adapted by Burnand as the libretto.
|George Grossmith:Cups & Saucers, Castle Bang, Carrotina
Three Curtain Raisers + song 'Baby on the Shore' (with libretti)
George Grossmith was an entertainer and small
time composer before he was invited to join Richard D'Oyly Carte's
Opera Company. He continued to compose and
write short musical follies. Cups & Saucers played as a
curtain raiser to HMS Pinafore during
the opening run at the Opera Comique (1878). Picking up the successful
adopted by Gilbert in his compositions, in Castle
Bang Grossmith introduces a patter song, How I became a Detective. Carrotina is described as 'a mysterious
melodrama' written for children of all ages and sizes.
||G A Macfarren: Robin Hood (1860)
George Macfarren was knighted on the same day as Arthur Sullivan who
would have known this English opera. The two musicians share a similar
musical style of treatment and it is likely that Edward German also
had leanings to Macfarren's style. The facsimile vocal score matches
the Victorian Opera recording on Naxos [8.660306-07], released in
A facsimile libretto is available on request at £5
|W V Wallace: Lurline (1860)
This is the third of Wallace's English operas and was played at Covent
Garden by the Pyne Harrison company. It's success over two seasons,
followed by touring in Britain and on the Continent, assured its
popularity. The facsimile vocal score matches the Victorian Opera recording on Naxos [8.660293-94], released in 2009.
A facsimile libretto
is available on request at £5.
The Savoy Lancers (1897)
Piano arrangement 11pp £3.50 (Full Band parts £35)
Includes melodies from Trial by Jury, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Gondoliers, The Yeomen of the Guard, Utopia Limited and Haddon Hall.
|All scores are A4, edge bound, digitally printed with flexible heavyweight laminated cover, and contain historical background notes.
Postage & packing is charged at cost.
|Biographies of William Vincent Wallace
Vincent Wallace composed music Sullivan would
have known well. Sullivan edited his score of Maritana (recorded on Marco polo label) whose plot has similarities to TheYeomen of the Guard.
|by Gratten Flood (1912)
||by Robert Phelan (1994) 104pp
||Arthur Sullivan: Light of the World
3CD set [165 mins] with full libretto
+ notes £24
When Holman Hunt's picture 'The Light of the
World' became famous, it seemed to Sullivan an ideal title for his new oratorio. Selecting
passages from the scriptures himself the work was to take a framework similar to that used by Handel
for Messiah. The work was a commission for the Birmingham Festival where it was well received.
It continued to be a Victorian concert hall favourite up to the turn of the century.
Recorded at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 25th
November 2000 to mark the Sullivan centenary.
are joined by a choir of over 150 plus schools' choirs
of 100 voices. Houlder (organ)/Bethell.
To coincide with the performace, a new vocal score was published by Cramer Music
at £11.95 [Information at email:
Track indexing relates to the musical numbers in the new score.
|Forgotten Victorian Theatre Music
Music by Sullivan & Balfe [66 mins] £11
A recording made at a Sullivan Centenary Celebration
in Alderley Edge, Cheshire when some of Sullivan's lesser known songs were performed.
Premiere recordings of a song (the accompaniment orchestrated for the occasion)
from Sullivan's unproduced opera, The Sapphire Necklace are included.
Overture: 'Le Puits d'Amour' — M.
W. Balfe (1843)
Come into the Garden, Maud— M.
W. Balfe (1857)
Where the bee sucks—The Tempest
Over the Roof—Sapphire Necklace
Introduction & Hush! Hush!—The
Little Maid of Arcadee—Thespis
Time was when love and I—The Sorcerer
Rudall Carte flute selection—Pirates
of Penzance (1879)
Henceforth all the crimes—Ruddigore
Rapture! Rapture!—Yeomen of the
Jolly Jenkin—Ivanhoe (1891)
When the budding blooms—Haddon
A tenor all singers above—Utopia
Now take a card—The Grand Duke
When love and beauty—Sapphire Necklace
My name is Crazy Jacqueline—The
Beauty Stone (1898)
If a sudden stroke of fate—The
Rose of Persia (1899)
Many, many years ago and Act I
finale—The Emerald Isle (1901)