Gayden Wren

in A Most Ingenious Paradox

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195301724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850655 | DOI:

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Patience marks the threshold of Gilbert and Sullivan’s mature period where substantial innovation at a new form was worked on and predictably shows some growing pains. Most particularly, it provides the first full look at the form that was to define all the subsequent operas except The Mikado. The primary theatrical unit of mature Gilbert and Sullivan was no longer the individual song or dialogue but rather the integrated scene. Music, lyric, and dialogue, as well as staging and production design, function as component parts to the overall scene, enhanced by their relation to one another. The first two scenes of act 1 provide an excellent example of the integration that was to become the team’s standards.

Keywords: Patience; Gilbert and Sullivan; Integration; standards; production; staging design

Chapter.  11471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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