1891–1893 Picking up the Thread

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1891–1893 Picking up the Thread

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The timing of their new work therefore was, as Arthur Sullivan said in a letter written from Newmarket, “a matter for consideration and discussion.” He was most anxious that nothing should ever arise which would lead to another misunderstanding between them. William Gilbert was ready to start on a new plot. He fully understood Sullivan's position, and taking Sullivan's opera with Sydney Grundy into consideration, together with his work for the next Leeds Festival, he estimated that it would be 12 or 18 months before they could collaborate. Gilbert preferred that libretto to be for Sullivan, but in early November Sullivan told him that negotiations with Grundy had reached a stage where he felt obliged to agree to start work on the piece at once.

Keywords: Arthur Sullivan; Newmarket; William Gilbert; plot; Sydney Grundy; Leeds Festival; libretto

Chapter.  4364 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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