Sir Arthur Sullivan
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1842-05-13
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Sir Arthur Sullivan

Sir Arthur Sullivan Biography (Wikipedia)

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 H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. His works comprise 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, and writing hymns and songs.

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Pineapple Poll - Reconciliation and Grand Finale
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Pineapple Poll - Reconciliation and Grand Finale
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Overture di ballo
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Overture di ballo
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Never mind the why and wherefore (HMS Pinafore)
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Never mind the why and wherefore (HMS Pinafore)
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The Mikado (So please you, sir, we much regret)
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The Mikado (So please you, sir, we much regret)
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Overture to HMS Pinafore
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Overture to HMS Pinafore
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Never mind the why and wherefore (HMS Pinafore)
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Never mind the why and wherefore (HMS Pinafore)
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The Long day closes for a capella choir
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The Long day closes for a capella choir
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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
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Orpheus with his Lute
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Orpheus with his Lute
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The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz
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The Merchant of Venice (incidental Music); Bourrée and waltz
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The Elements
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The Elements
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The Yeomen Of The Guard
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The Yeomen Of The Guard
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The Gondoliers - Overture
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The Gondoliers - Overture
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Symphony in E major "Irish", 3rd movement; Allegretto
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Symphony in E major "Irish", 3rd movement; Allegretto
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I have a song to sing, O (Yeomen of the Guard)
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I have a song to sing, O (Yeomen of the Guard)

I have a song to sing, O (Yeomen of the Guard)

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Sylvia McNair (soprnoa), Thomas Allen (baritone), Academy and Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)
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Am I alone and unobserved? [Patience]
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Am I alone and unobserved? [Patience]
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HMS Pinafore (The hours creep on apace)
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HMS Pinafore (The hours creep on apace)
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HMS Pinafore (Refrain audicious tar)
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HMS Pinafore (Refrain audicious tar)
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