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1863–1866 Gilbert and Sullivan: The Ballad Writers

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0005
1863–1866 Gilbert and Sullivan: The Ballad Writers

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William Gilbert wrote only two more poems in 1864 and was having little success as a barrister. The next year was to bring an upturn in his fortunes. Ownership of Fun changed hands and was now the property of Edward Wylam, and Tom Hood took over as editor on May 20, 1865. His change of career to the law, and now his closer involvement with the theater, had not lessened Gilbert's interest in the militia. He had to look elsewhere for a regiment and settled on the Royal Aberdeenshire Highlanders, for which he qualified. Arthur Sullivan was sufficiently established to be elected to the “Musical Society” of London; and also to be commissioned to write music for royal occasions. By now Sullivan had established a wider reputation for himself: as well as being a promising young composer of serious music, he was becoming known to a larger audience as the writer of popular ballads.

Keywords: William Gilbert; poems; Fun; Edward Wylam; theater; Royal Aberdeenshire; Arthur Sullivan; Musical Society; music; ballads

Chapter.  7796 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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