1877–1878 HMS Pinafore

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1877–1878 HMS Pinafore

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William Gilbert started work on the lyrics for HMS Pinafore on January 10, beginning with the opening chorus, but then spent two days writing his scene of the pantomime. Time had to be given to rehearsals at the Gaiety, and he also was coaching Marion Terry for her part in The Ne'er-do-Weel. In the meantime, he had read the plot to Richard D'Oyly Carte, who was much pleased, and a week later to the directors, also much pleased. By then Gilbert had written the Captain's song, “I am the Captain of the Pinafore” and by the end of the month also had written the First Lord's song, “When I Was a Lad.” While Gilbert was making progress, Carte was still having difficulties with the directors of the Comedy Opera Company, as expressed in a letter to Arthur Sullivan.

Keywords: William Gilbert; lyrics; HMS Pinafore; chorus; Gaiety; Richard D'Oyly Carte; Captain; song; Comedy Opera Company; Arthur Sullivan

Chapter.  7895 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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