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Vocal Scores

Arthur Sullivan: Kenilworth
Masque (1864)
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
Song Cycle, (1871)
77pp  £11
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.
The Window

Arthur Sullivan : The Contrabandista
Comic Opera in 2 Acts (1869) 
89pp  £12
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.

This score matches the Hyperion recording [CDA67486]
Arthur Sullivan: The Foresters
Incidental music, songs and choruses (1892)
50pp £11
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 included.
The Foresters
Cox and Box Arthur Sullivan: Cox & Box
One act  triumviretta with libretto (1867)
80pp  £13
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 recipe 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.
Robin Hood G A Macfarren: Robin Hood (1860)
339pp  £22

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 Autumn 2011.
A facsimile libretto is available on request at £5
W V Wallace: Lurline (1860)
384pp  £22

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.
Also available:

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
by Gratten Flood (1912) 32pp £4.50 by Robert Phelan (1994) 104pp  £8
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.
Compact Discs
The Light of the World Arthur Sullivan: Light of the World
Oratorio (1873)

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.

Singers: Johnson/Murray/Dutton/Wells/Wiegold 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)
and madrigal 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 (1862)
Over the Roof—Sapphire Necklace (1864)
Introduction & Hush! Hush!—The Contrabandista (1867)
Little Maid of Arcadee—Thespis (1871)
Time was when love and I—The Sorcerer (1877)
Rudall Carte flute  selection—Pirates of Penzance (1879)
Henceforth all the crimes—Ruddigore (1887)
Rapture! Rapture!—Yeomen of the Guard (1888)
Jolly Jenkin—Ivanhoe (1891)
When the budding blooms—Haddon Hall (1892)
A tenor all singers above—Utopia Ltd (1893)
Now take a card—The Grand Duke (1896)
When love and beauty—Sapphire Necklace (1896)
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)
Alderley CD

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