1879–1880 America and <i>The Pirates of Penzance</i>

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1879–1880 America and The Pirates of Penzance

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Before he could start out for America, Richard D'Oyly Carte had other concerns to settle, the principal of which was agreeing terms with William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. When Gilbert had learned that he and Sullivan would have to be content with a half share of the net profits in New York, he met with Sullivan to discuss the issue. They were not going to get rich in America out of Pinafore; everything depended on the success of The Pirates of Penzance. Sullivan had composed most of the music in England but he still had to score the whole opera in New York and rewrite an act, as he had left all his sketches for that act in London. As he worked on the opera Sullivan began to keep a diary, something he was going to do for the next 20 years, although there are often gaps, especially toward the end of his life.

Keywords: America; Richard D'Oyly Carte; William Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; profits; New York; Pinafore; Pirates of Penzance; music; England

Chapter.  6182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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