By Benedict Taylor
Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) used to be Victorian Britain’s so much celebrated and well known composer, whose tune to today reaches a much wider viewers than that of any of his contemporaries. but the comedian operas on which Sullivan’s recognition is mainly established were always belittled or overlooked through the British musicological institution, whereas his severe works have till lately remained almost unknown. The time is therefore lengthy late for scholarly re-engagement with Sullivan. the current ebook deals a brand new appraisal of the song of this such a lot striking nineteenth-century British composer, combining shut analytical recognition to his track with serious attention of the broader aesthetic and social context to his paintings. concentrating on key items in all of the significant genres within which Sullivan composed, it comprises bills of his most vital severe works – the song to The Tempest, the ‘Irish’ Symphony, The Golden Legend, Ivanhoe – along particular exam of the prestigious comedian operas created with W.S. Gilbert to give a balanced portrayal of Sullivan’s musical achievement.
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Arthur Sullivan: A Musical Reappraisal (Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain) by Benedict Taylor