1890–1891 Disentangling the Knot

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1890–1891 Disentangling the Knot

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The one thing that William Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, and Richard D'Oyly Carte would not have bargained for was that their private differences, made public in a court of law, would make them all ill. Sullivan's kidney ailment and Gilbert's gout were worsened by the stress they both were under; and Carte's abscesses were no doubt a direct result of the anxiety caused by his battle with Gilbert. The first attempt at a reconciliation came from Gilbert. However, it was a tentative move only; they still had a long and painful road to travel, along which injured pride could only gradually be repaired before they reached anything like a full reconciliation. In October 1891, Gilbert arrived at Queen's Mansions at midday. The two men sat and talked for two hours. “Full reconciliation & shook hands,” noted Sullivan. The last thread of that particularly troublesome knot had finally been disentangled.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; Richard D'Oyly Carte; court; law; reconciliation; Queen's Mansions

Chapter.  6692 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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