W. S. Gilbert once described Arthur Sullivan as "incomparably the greatest English
musician of the age." Besides contributing witty operatic parodies and a string of
effervescent melodies to the Savoy operas, he wrote, amongst other works, cantatas,
oratorios, concert overtures, incidental music to plays, numerous songs and a grand
opera. He was the conductor of the Leeds Festival for almost twenty years, a friend of
Royalty and a keen follower of the turf. He was knighted in 1883.
- A Short Biography by Stephen Turnbull
- Article about Sullivan from "Scribner's Journal", Volume 18 Issue 6 (October 1879), pp. 904-910. [External Link]
- Biographical sketch by Dr. Louis Engel, with photograph by Walery (1889)
- Celebrities at Home: Mr. Arthur Sullivan in Victoria-street from The World, 11 December 1879.
- Arthur Sullivan entry in Wikipedia,
The Free Encyclopedia.
- Census returns, etc.
- Sullivan's Home. Pictures of Sullivan's apartment, No. 1, Queen's Mansions.
- The Genealogy of Arthur Sullivan.
- Obituary notices from The Times, 23 November 1900.
- Sir Arthur Sullivan, A Personal Reminiscence by George Grossmith from The Pall Mall Magazine, February 1901
- The will of Sir Arthur Sullivan
Articles on Various Aspects of Sullivan's Career
From time to time Sullivan gave interviews to the press. These have been collected and transcribed by Arthur Robinson, David Cookson and Louis Silverstein.
Letters to The Times
Sullivan was not a frequent contributor to the Letters Page, but Arthur Robinson has collected his correspondence.
- Sullivan's Voice — a recording of Sullivan's voice made in 1888, plus a recording of The Lost Chord made the same year, making it one of the first music recordings made.
- Toast to Sir Arthur Sullivan delivered at the Savoy Theatre on the centenary of his death.
- Rare photograph of Sullivan as a participant in the performance of Romberg's Toy Symphony in aid of Great Ormand Street Children's Hospital, May 1880.
Books about Sullivan and the Savoy Operas (From The Internet Archive)
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