1867–1868 Gilbert and Sullivan in the Theater

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1867–1868 Gilbert and Sullivan in the Theater

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This chapter describes William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan at work in the theater. The beginning of 1867 heralded another year of promise for Sullivan. He was self-confident and was still exploring the range of his talents in music, and introduced his latest ballad, “If Doughty Deeds,” dedicated to Mrs. Scott Russell. At the Adelphi, on the afternoon of Saturday May 11, 1867, the first public performance of Sullivan's Cox and Box, with orchestration, took place. It was followed by a packed program, including Jacques Offenbach's Les deux aveugles and Tom Taylor's A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing, with the staff of Punch in the cast. In the audience sat Gilbert, as critic for Fun, who considered that “Mr. Sullivan's music is, in many places, of too high a class for the grotesquely absurd plot to which it is wedded.”.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; theater; music; ballad; Cox and Box; Jacques Offenbach; Les deux aveugles; Punch; Fun

Chapter.  7766 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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