1899–1900 “I Am Sorry to Leave”

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1899–1900 “I Am Sorry to Leave”

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Unaware of the seriousness of Arthur Sullivan's illness, Helen Carte complained of the delay in finishing the opera, suggesting it was a mistake that he had undertaken to write his Te Deum. He had finished everything that Basil Hood had sent him in Switzerland, and had done all he could without consulting Hood. Then his health broke down. Sullivan left Tunbridge Wells, but reluctantly. It was a lovely day, he recorded in his diary; and after Frank Cellier had left the hotel, Sullivan made what was to be his last entry: that he was sorry to leave and it was such a lovely day. From that letter, Helen Carte had to make a decision as a businesswoman, not as a friend of Sullivan.

Keywords: Arthur Sullivan; Helen Carte; opera; Te Deum; Basil Hood; Tunbridge Wells; diary; Frank Cellier

Chapter.  6706 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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