Sir Arthur Sullivan
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1842-05-13
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Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (13 May 1842 – 22 November 1900) was an English composer. He is best known for his series of 14 operatic collaborations with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including such enduring works as H.M.S. Pinafore, ...

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Sir Arthur Sullivan, Michael Rayner, D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra & Royston Nash
Utopia Ltd. A wonderful joy our eyes to bless
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Utopia Ltd. A wonderful joy our eyes to bless Utopia Ltd. A wonderful joy our eyes to bless Utopia Ltd. A wonderful joy our eyes to bless Utopia Ltd. A wonderful joy our eyes to bless
Swedish Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel, Bryn Terfel & Sir Arthur Sullivan
Ruddigore; Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls (The ghosts' high noon)
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Ruddigore; Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls (The ghosts' high noon) Ruddigore; Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls (The ghosts' high noon) Ruddigore; Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls (The ghosts' high noon) Ruddigore; Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls (The ghosts' high noon)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, James Cleverton & Ross Leadbeater
A Magnet Hung In a Hardware Shop (Patience)
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A Magnet Hung In a Hardware Shop (Patience) A Magnet Hung In a Hardware Shop (Patience) A Magnet Hung In a Hardware Shop (Patience) A Magnet Hung In a Hardware Shop (Patience)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Isidore Godfrey & Sir William Gilbert
When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance)
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When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance) When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance) When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance) When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Pro Arte Orchestra & Sir Malcolm Sargent
Overture in C major 'In Memoriam'
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Overture in C major 'In Memoriam' Overture in C major 'In Memoriam' Overture in C major 'In Memoriam' Overture in C major 'In Memoriam'
Sir Arthur Sullivan, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
Cox and Box (Overture)
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Cox and Box (Overture) Cox and Box (Overture) Cox and Box (Overture) Cox and Box (Overture)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & David Lloyd-Jones
Pineapple Poll - Opening
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Pineapple Poll - Opening Pineapple Poll - Opening Pineapple Poll - Opening Pineapple Poll - Opening
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Bonaventura Bottone, John Pryce-Jones, Thora Ker, D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, Gareth Jones & Deborah Rees
Brightly dawns our wedding day (from The Mikado)
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Brightly dawns our wedding day (from The Mikado) Brightly dawns our wedding day (from The Mikado) Brightly dawns our wedding day (from The Mikado) Brightly dawns our wedding day (from The Mikado)
William Schwenck Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan, George Baker, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Pro Arte Orchestra & Glyndebourne Chorus
Pirates of Penzance; I am the very model of a modern major general
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Pirates of Penzance; I am the very model of a modern major general Pirates of Penzance; I am the very model of a modern major general Pirates of Penzance; I am the very model of a modern major general Pirates of Penzance; I am the very model of a modern major general
Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Arthur Sullivan
The Yeoman of the guard, Overture
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The Yeoman of the guard, Overture The Yeoman of the guard, Overture The Yeoman of the guard, Overture The Yeoman of the guard, Overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, BBC Philharmonic & Richard Hickox
Symphony in E major (Irish)
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Symphony in E major (Irish) Symphony in E major (Irish) Symphony in E major (Irish) Symphony in E major (Irish)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, BBC Philharmonic & Richard Hickox
In Memoriam - overture
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In Memoriam - overture In Memoriam - overture In Memoriam - overture In Memoriam - overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Sir Neville Marriner, Gilbert, William Schwenck, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Chorus of St Martin in the Fields & Sylvia McNair
The Yeomen of the Guard - 'Tis done! I am a bride
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The Yeomen of the Guard - 'Tis done! I am a bride The Yeomen of the Guard - 'Tis done! I am a bride The Yeomen of the Guard - 'Tis done! I am a bride The Yeomen of the Guard - 'Tis done! I am a bride
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Patience - Overture
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Patience - Overture Patience - Overture Patience - Overture Patience - Overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan
When a merry maiden marries (from The Gondoliers)
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When a merry maiden marries (from The Gondoliers) When a merry maiden marries (from The Gondoliers) When a merry maiden marries (from The Gondoliers) When a merry maiden marries (from The Gondoliers)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Gilbert, William Schwenck, Philharmonia & Sir Charles Mackerras
The Mikado - Overture
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The Mikado - Overture The Mikado - Overture The Mikado - Overture The Mikado - Overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Isidore Godfrey & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Sorcerer - Overture
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The Sorcerer - Overture The Sorcerer - Overture The Sorcerer - Overture The Sorcerer - Overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera & Sir Charles Mackerras
HMS Pinafore, or The lass that loved a sailor - comic opera in 2 acts: Overture
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HMS Pinafore, or The lass that loved a sailor - comic opera in 2 acts: Overture HMS Pinafore, or The lass that loved a sailor - comic opera in 2 acts: Overture HMS Pinafore, or The lass that loved a sailor - comic opera in 2 acts: Overture HMS Pinafore, or The lass that loved a sailor - comic opera in 2 acts: Overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Peter Robinson, Lesley Garrett & Orchestra of English National Opera
The Mikado, The town of Titipu: Act 2 no.2; The Sun, whose rays are all ablaze
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The Mikado, The town of Titipu: Act 2 no.2; The Sun, whose rays are all ablaze The Mikado, The town of Titipu: Act 2 no.2; The Sun, whose rays are all ablaze The Mikado, The town of Titipu: Act 2 no.2; The Sun, whose rays are all ablaze The Mikado, The town of Titipu: Act 2 no.2; The Sun, whose rays are all ablaze
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Jeffrey Skitch, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Philip Potter, Elizabeth Harwood, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & David Palmer
'The World Is But A Broken Toy' from Princess Ida
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'The World Is But A Broken Toy' from Princess Ida 'The World Is But A Broken Toy' from Princess Ida 'The World Is But A Broken Toy' from Princess Ida 'The World Is But A Broken Toy' from Princess Ida
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Charles Mackerras & London Symphony Orchestra
Finale of the Cello Concerto in D major
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Finale of the Cello Concerto in D major Finale of the Cello Concerto in D major Finale of the Cello Concerto in D major Finale of the Cello Concerto in D major
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Sir Malcolm Sargent & Pro Arte Orchestra
Overture (The Pirates of Penzance)
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Overture (The Pirates of Penzance) Overture (The Pirates of Penzance) Overture (The Pirates of Penzance) Overture (The Pirates of Penzance)
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Richard Hickox & BBC Philharmonic
Suite from ‘The Tempest’ Op 1: Dance of Nymphs and Reapers
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Suite from ‘The Tempest’ Op 1: Dance of Nymphs and Reapers Suite from ‘The Tempest’ Op 1: Dance of Nymphs and Reapers Suite from ‘The Tempest’ Op 1: Dance of Nymphs and Reapers Suite from ‘The Tempest’ Op 1: Dance of Nymphs and Reapers
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Malcolm Martineau & Thomas Allen
The Lost chord for voice and piano
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The Lost chord for voice and piano The Lost chord for voice and piano The Lost chord for voice and piano The Lost chord for voice and piano
Sir Arthur Sullivan, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Vivian Dunn
The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz
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The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Isidore Godfrey, Owen Brannigan, Pauline Wales, Valerie Masterson, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & John Reed
The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera
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The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera
Sir Arthur Sullivan, John Pryce-Jones, Richard Suart & The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri - comic opera in 2 acts
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Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri - comic opera in 2 acts Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri - comic opera in 2 acts Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri - comic opera in 2 acts Iolanthe, or The peer and the peri - comic opera in 2 acts
Sir Arthur Sullivan & Pro Arte Orchestra
Savoy Dances - Hornpipe & Cachucha
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Savoy Dances - Hornpipe & Cachucha Savoy Dances - Hornpipe & Cachucha Savoy Dances - Hornpipe & Cachucha Savoy Dances - Hornpipe & Cachucha
Mackerras, Charles, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Sir Charles Mackerras & London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pineapple Poll - Opening dance
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Pineapple Poll - Opening dance Pineapple Poll - Opening dance Pineapple Poll - Opening dance Pineapple Poll - Opening dance
BBC Philharmonic, Sir Arthur Sullivan & Richard Hickox
Overture to Act 4 of The Tempest, Op.1
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Overture to Act 4 of The Tempest, Op.1 Overture to Act 4 of The Tempest, Op.1 Overture to Act 4 of The Tempest, Op.1 Overture to Act 4 of The Tempest, Op.1
Sir Arthur Sullivan & D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, John Pryce-Jones (conductor)
Thespis – Pas de Chales
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Thespis – Pas de Chales Thespis – Pas de Chales Thespis – Pas de Chales Thespis – Pas de Chales
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Bridget Costello, Richard Baker & Simon Butteriss
Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera
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Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Bridget Costello & Richard Baker
Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera
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Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Richard Baker & Simon Butteriss
Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera
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Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant - comic opera
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert, William Schwenck, Swedish Radio Choir, Paul Daniel, Bryn Terfel & Sir Arthur Sullivan
Ruddigore, or The witch's curse..: Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls..
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Ruddigore, or The witch's curse..: Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls.. Ruddigore, or The witch's curse..: Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls.. Ruddigore, or The witch's curse..: Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls.. Ruddigore, or The witch's curse..: Act 2 no.20; When the night wind howls..
Sir Arthur Sullivan & The King’s Singers
The Long day closes for a capella choir
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The Long day closes for a capella choir The Long day closes for a capella choir The Long day closes for a capella choir The Long day closes for a capella choir
Arthur Sullivan (The King's Singers)
The Long Day Closes
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The Long Day Closes The Long Day Closes The Long Day Closes The Long Day Closes
Sir Arthur Sullivan, The D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, Gilbert, William Schwenck & John Pryce-Jones
The Pirates of Penzance - Overture
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The Pirates of Penzance - Overture The Pirates of Penzance - Overture The Pirates of Penzance - Overture The Pirates of Penzance - Overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Charles Groves
The Mikado - overture
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The Mikado - overture The Mikado - overture The Mikado - overture The Mikado - overture
Sir Arthur Sullivan, John Pryce-Jones, The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company & New Symphony Orchestra of London
Dance a Cachuca from The Gondoliers
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Dance a Cachuca from The Gondoliers Dance a Cachuca from The Gondoliers Dance a Cachuca from The Gondoliers Dance a Cachuca from The Gondoliers
George Baker, Ian Wallace, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Alexander Young, Sir Malcolm Sargent & Pro Arte Orchestra
If you go in [Iolanthe]
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If you go in [Iolanthe] If you go in [Iolanthe] If you go in [Iolanthe] If you go in [Iolanthe]
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Geraint Evans, Sir Malcolm Sargent & Pro Arte Orchestra
Tit Willow [The Mikado]
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Tit Willow [The Mikado] Tit Willow [The Mikado] Tit Willow [The Mikado] Tit Willow [The Mikado]
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Richard Suart, John Pryce-Jones & D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Iolanthe Act 2 no.7; Love unrequited..When you're lying awake
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Iolanthe Act 2 no.7; Love unrequited..When you're lying awake Iolanthe Act 2 no.7; Love unrequited..When you're lying awake Iolanthe Act 2 no.7; Love unrequited..When you're lying awake Iolanthe Act 2 no.7; Love unrequited..When you're lying awake
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Biography

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (13 May 1842 – 22 November 1900) was an English composer. He is best known for his series of 14 operatic collaborations with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including such enduring works as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Sullivan composed 23 operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios, two ballets, incidental music to several plays, and numerous hymns and other church pieces, songs, and piano and chamber pieces. The best known of his hymns and songs include "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "The Lost Chord".

The son of a military bandmaster, Sullivan composed his first anthem at age eight. He was selected as soloist in the boys' choir of the Chapel Royal. In 1856, the Royal Academy of Music awarded the first Mendelssohn Scholarship to the 14-year-old Sullivan, allowing him to study first at the Academy and then in Germany, at the Leipzig Conservatoire. His graduation piece was a suite of incidental music to Shakespeare's The Tempest. When it was performed in London in 1862, it was an immediate sensation. Sullivan began his composing career with a series of ambitious works, interspersed with hymns, parlour ballads and other light pieces. Among his best received early pieces were a ballet, L'Île Enchantée (1864), and his Irish Symphony, Cello Concerto and Overture in C (In Memoriam) (all in 1866). From 1861 to 1872, he supplemented his income by working as a church organist and music teacher.

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