Presenting 40 interviews and recollections, this book is a record of what was said about Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan during and shortly after their lifetimes, by friends, musicians, theatrical managers, singers, actors and actresses, journalists and authors. Gilbert and Sullivan created 14 comic operas - witty satires set ...
Presenting 40 interviews and recollections, this book is a record of what was said about Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan during and shortly after their lifetimes, by friends, musicians, theatrical managers, singers, actors and actresses, journalists and authors. Gilbert and Sullivan created 14 comic operas - witty satires set to sparkling music - that instantly won a large and enthusiastic audience. Their talents brought them together; their temperaments drove them apart. This composite biography aims to provide the reader with a clear sense of their careers, both as independent artists and as collaborators in one of the most successful enterprises of the Victorian theatre.
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-03-21 The 39 recollections presented here by Orel, a professor of English at the University of Kansas, are culled from the published writings of critics, musicians, singers, journalists, friends and others who were close to William Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), the team best remembered for such popular comic operas as H.M.S. Pinafore , The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Supplemented by Orel's extensive notes, the testimonials comprise a dual biography documenting the achievements of the men together and singly, and demonstrating that each had a successful career on his own. Gilbert, one of the major satirists of his day, was the author of numerous plays and poems, and Sullivan was a respected conductor and a composer of sacred music, songs and serious opera. The two emerge as very different personalities from each other: Gilbert had a biting wit and a domineering nature, while Sullivan was known for his easy-going manner and penchant for gambling. Savoyards will appreciate these reminiscences, which illuminate many aspects of a remarkable collaboration, but others may tire of the long-winded and frequently digressive Victorian prose. (Apr.)
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