1876 Sullivan Is Honored; Gilbert Is Ridiculed

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1876 Sullivan Is Honored; Gilbert Is Ridiculed

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Arthur Sullivan came back from France to the affairs of the National Training School for Music. The school was formally opened by Queen Victoria on April 16, and on May 13 she made an official visit with her eldest daughter, Princess Victoria. To Sullivan's relief he was to be called Principal of the school, rather than being given the clumsy title of Professional Director, which had first been suggested. For much of the year, Sullivan divided his time between the School of Music and the Royal Aquarium, supervising the musical arrangements and conducting concerts there every Thursday. To give him an appropriate title to match his academic position, Sullivan had been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by Cambridge University. Meanwhile, the long and acrimonious battle between William Gilbert and Henrietta Hodson was at an end. Their reputation was damaged by a private quarrel made public among their fellow professionals.

Keywords: Arthur Sullivan; School for Music; principal; Royal Aquarium; concerts; Cambridge University; William Gilbert; Henrietta Hodson

Chapter.  3565 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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