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Fine. Cloth, 8vo, 23 cm, xiii, 428 pp. This is a comprehensive reference guide to Sir Arthur Sullivan, arranged in three parts. The first section, "His Life" (pp 1-165), provides a biography of Sullivan plus a chapters containing brief biographies of about 60 of his associates and contemporaries-from aristocrats to showgirls-and shorter sections on the players in the operas, theatres and halls, and music schools. Section 2, "His Music" (pp 167-198), identifies the works (other than hymns) composed by Sullivan: 32 works for theatre (details provided include information on the librettist, premiere dates, cast lists, and notes on the performance history); over 100 secular songs and part-songs; six piano pieces; five chamber music pieces; 10 works for band or orchestra; 11 oratorios, cantatas, or other works for chorus with orchestra; and nearly 20 church anthems and services. Section 3, "The Resources" (pp 199-392) describes music scores, audio and video recordings in numerous formats (cds, phonograph records, cassettes, videocassettes, laser videodiscs), motion pictures, archives and collections, and relevant internet sites. Illustrated by the author, with a bibliography of about 350 books and articles, and with indexes of persons and a title and first-line index.
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