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1874–1875 Trial by Jury

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/9780195147698.003.0009
1874–1875 Trial by Jury

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On Maundy Thursday, March 25, 1875, at the Royalty Theatre, Dean Street, the evening's entertainment came with the first performance of Trial by Jury. A novel and entirely original Dramatic Cantata, music by Arthur Sullivan, book by William Gilbert. Sullivan conducted the first performance. The Times said that Trial by Jury suffered nothing whatsoever from so dangerous a juxtaposition. On the contrary, it may fairly be said to have borne away the palm. The sheer enjoyment the audience experienced came not from the words or the music alone, but from the unusually happy combination of the two, a point that was seized on by the critics as exceptional: so completely is each imbued with the same spirit. The Daily News commented that it would be as difficult to conceive the existence of Gilbert's verses without Sullivan's music, as of Sullivan's music without Gilbert's verses. Each gives each a double charm.

Keywords: Royalty Theatre; Trial by Jury; Dramatic Cantata; Arthur Sullivan; William Gilbert; music; verses

Chapter.  3780 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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