The Martyr of Antioch

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Described as "A Sacred Musical Drama", The Martyr of Antioch was composed for the Leeds Triennial Music Festival of 1880 and performed there for the first time on the morning of 15 October, forming the first half of the programme. In the second half, it was followed by a performance of Beethoven's Mass in C and Schubert's Song of Miriam.

The text was selected by the composer from the poem by Dean Millman [PDF File, 232KB contributed by Clifton Coles], which Gilbert modified, and the work was dedicated to the Princess of Wales.

The Commissioning of The Martyr of Antioch
Gilbert's contribution to the libretto
Sullivan's appointment as conductor of the Leeds Festival

The first performance from the Yorkshire Post
The first performance from the Leeds Mercury
The first performance from The Times
Extracts from other reviews of the first performance
A performance at the Albert Hall in 1886 from The Times
A performance at the Norwich Festival in 1890 from The Times

Arthur Sullivan's Preface to The Martyr of Antioch

In text (ASCII) format. Submitted to the G&S Archive by Clifton Coles.
Four page PDF version. [116 KB] Submitted to the G&S Archive by Bruce Greengart. This version could be used as an economical hand-out at concerts or used with the commercial recording.

Marc Shepherd's The Martyr of Antioch Discography

MIDI files
You can listen to the music and follow the libretto with a complete set of MIDI files contributed by Paul Howarth.

Vocal Score
Paul Howarth has also provided a vocal score of this work.

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