Arthur Sullivan

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Country of Birth:

England

Year of Birth:

1842

Year of Death:

1900

About the composer Arthur Sullivan

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (13 May 1842 - 22 November 1900) was an English composer of Irish and Italian ancestry. He is best known for his series of 14 operatic collaborations with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including such enduring works as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Sullivan composed 23 operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios, two ballets, incidental music to several plays, and numerous hymns and other church pieces, songs, and piano and chamber pieces. The best known of his hymns and songs include "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "The Lost Chord".
The son of a military bandmaster, Sullivan composed his first anthem at age eight. He was selected as soloist in the boys' choir of the Chapel Royal. The Reverend Thomas Helmore, the choirmaster, encouraged Sullivan and arranged for the publication and performance of his early compositions. In 1856, the Royal Academy of Music awarded the first Mendelssohn Scholarship to the 14-year-old Sullivan, allowing him to study first at the Academy and then in Germany, at the Leipzig Conservatoire. His graduation piece was a suite of incidental music to Shakespeare's The Tempest. When it was performed in London in 1862, it was an immediate sensation. Sullivan began his composing career with a series of ambitious works, interspersed with hymns, parlour ballads and other light pieces. Among his best received early pieces were a ballet, L'Île Enchantée (1864), and his Irish Symphony, Cello Concerto and Overture in C (In Memoriam) (all in 1866). From 1861 to 1872, he supplemented his income by working as a church organist and as a music teacher.
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Gilbert and Sullivan I Am the Very Model of a Modern MajorGeneral MajorGeneral s Song 1181
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
(The Pirates of Penzance)
John Reed
The Pirates of Penzance I am a Pirate King Anthony Warlow 4626
I Am a Pirate King
(The Pirates of Penzance)
Anthony Warlow

Poor Wandering One 7455
Poor wand'ring one
(The Pirates of Penzance)
Helen Donaldson
Valerie Masterson in The Mikado vaimusiccom 11294
The sun whose rays are all ablaze
(The Mikado)
Valerie Masterson

The Mikado Willow titwillow vaimusiccom 16017
Willow, Tit-Willow
(The Mikado)
John Reed
1966 Mikado Film As some day it may happen John Reed 20947
As some day it may happen
(The Mikado)
John Reed

My Name Is John Wellington Wells 25800
My name is John Wellington Wells
(The Sorcerer)
Martyn Green

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1I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

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2I Am a Pirate King Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

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3Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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4Willow, Tit-Willow Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

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5The sun whose rays are all ablaze Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum
6As some day it may happen Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
7Our great Mikado virtuous man Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pish-Tush
8When I was a lad Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
9My name is John Wellington Wells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
10If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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11If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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12Is Life a Boon? Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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13Alone and yet alive Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
14Fair moon to thee I sing Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran
15Whene'er I Spoke Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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16My Boy, You May Take It from Me Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

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17My Boy, You May Take It from Me Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

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18Rising Early in the Morning Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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19Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

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20I've Jibe and Joke Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

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21The hours creep on apace Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
22Sorry her lot Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
23Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
24A maiden fair to see Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
25Oh Goddess Wise Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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26Cheerily Carols the Lark Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

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27Happy young heart Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
28A many years ago Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Cripps
29The nightingale Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
30Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
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