1858–1862 Sullivan at Leipzig; Gilbert at Law

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1858–1862 Sullivan at Leipzig; Gilbert at Law

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The conservatory at Leipzig had been founded by Felix Mendelssohn only 15 years before Arthur Sullivan's arrival in September 1858. Its director was Konrad Schlemitz, although Ignaz Moscheles, who had originally been invited by Mendelssohn to take charge of piano tuition, effectively ran the institute. George Smart wrote to Moscheles to recommend Sullivan and to point out that composition was his strongest subject. For his part, Moscheles was glad to welcome the promising young musician, assuring Smart that Sullivan's program of studies would be drawn up bearing his particular talent in mind. William Gilbert started the year 1859 in the obscurity of the education offices in Downing Street. The work of the department was expanding rapidly and the number of assistant clerks grew in the next year from 34 to 52. The increasing importance of the department meant little to Gilbert, who did not see his talents as best suited to the civil service.

Keywords: conservatory; Leipzig; Felix Mendelssohn; Arthur Sullivan; Ignaz Moscheles; piano; William Gilbert; education; civil service

Chapter.  5735 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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