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The Authentic Gilbert & Sullivan Songbook


The songs of Gilbert & Sullivan, as with many near-legendary works adopted by an enthusiastic, uncritical public, have not always survived in the most reliable form. A word gets lost or blurred, a strophe is dropped, and the song evolves along uncontrollable lines. Fortunately many of the early vocal scores authorized by Sir Arthur Sullivan still exist — and are reprinted here, in the most complete and authentic anthology of Gilbert & Sullivan currently available.
Ninety-two songs from all fourteen operettas are reproduced in the form Sullivan approved. Each number in this collection — solo, chorus, patter song, ballad, etc. — is presented uncut, unedited, in the original key, in Sullivan's original piano arrangements. The memorable ditties from the pair's 25-year collaboration (1871–96) appear, along with many not so well known, including a piece from their first joint effort, Thespis (1871), the entire score of which has been lost except for two numbers.



  • - Composer: Gilbert, William Schwenck; Sullivan, Arthur
  • - 400 Pages
  • - Year of Publication: 02-13-2009
  • - Instrumants: Piano, Voice
  • - Arrangement Format: Instrumental Album, Vocal Album
  • - Language: English
  • - Genres: Musicals, Opera
  • - Media: Sheet Music
  • - Publisher: Dover Publications
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SKU 486234827
Publisher Dover Publications
ISBN 9780486234823
Contributors Sullivan, Arthur Seymour (Composer); Gilbert, William Schwenck (Composer)
Genre Opera, Musicals
Pages 400
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