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The Topsy Turvy World of Gilbert and Sullivan

Keith Dockray Alan Sutton



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01 September 2020
No musical partnership has enjoyed greater success during its time span, or bequeathed a more powerful and enduring legacy, than that of Gilbert and Sullivan in the later nineteenth century. Even before their first successful collaboration in 1875, both William Schwenk Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) had already forged considerable reputations for themselves. Thereafter, between 1877 and 1896, Gilbert wrote the librettos, and Sullivan the music, for no fewer than a dozen Savoy operas, among them the still regularly performed 'H.M.S. Pinafore' (1878), 'The Pirates of Penzance' (1879), 'Iolanthe' (1882), 'The Mikado' (1885), 'The Yeomen of the Guard' (1888) and 'The Gondoliers' (1889). Not only are the plots ingenious, the lyrics witty and the music compelling, the operas also present modern audiences with splendidly rich and satirical evocations of Victorian England and its society: the prime subject matter of this book!
By:   Keith Dockray, Alan Sutton
Imprint:   FONTHILL
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781781557761
ISBN 10:   1781557764
Pages:   126
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Keith Dockray, a retired university lecturer in fifteenth-century history has been a life-long enthusiast of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. His collaborator on this project is Alan Sutton, a publisher of some 45 years who also published about a dozen of Keith's works of history.

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