By Benedict Taylor
Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) was once Victorian Britain’s such a lot celebrated and well known composer, whose track to today reaches a much broader viewers than that of any of his contemporaries. but the comedian operas on which Sullivan’s attractiveness is mainly dependent were always belittled or overlooked by way of the British musicological institution, whereas his severe works have until eventually lately remained nearly unknown. The time is therefore lengthy late for scholarly re-engagement with Sullivan. the current ebook deals a brand new appraisal of the track of this such a lot striking nineteenth-century British composer, combining shut analytical awareness to his tune with serious attention of the broader aesthetic and social context to his paintings. targeting key items in all of the significant genres during which Sullivan composed, it comprises debts of his most crucial severe works – the track to The Tempest, the ‘Irish’ Symphony, The Golden Legend, Ivanhoe – along special exam of the distinguished comedian operas created with W.S. Gilbert to give a balanced portrayal of Sullivan’s musical achievement.
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Arthur Sullivan: A Musical Reappraisal (Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain) by Benedict Taylor