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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When I was a lad (HMS Pinafore)
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When I was a lad (HMS Pinafore)

When I was a lad (HMS Pinafore)

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Richard Suart (tenor), Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, conducted by Charles Mackerras
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The Elements (Updated by Helen Arney)
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The Elements (Updated by Helen Arney)
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The Policeman's Lot (The Pirates of Penzance)
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The Policeman's Lot (The Pirates of Penzance)
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The Pirates of Penzance (Overture)
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The Pirates of Penzance (Overture)
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The Tempest (Act 4: Overture)
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The Tempest (Act 4: Overture)
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The Sentry's Song (Iolanthe)
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The Sentry's Song (Iolanthe)
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The Policeman's Lot (Pirates of Penzance)
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The Policeman's Lot (Pirates of Penzance)
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I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
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I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
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The Gondoliers (Overture)
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The Gondoliers (Overture)
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The Yeoman of the Guard
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The Yeoman of the Guard
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Patience (Overture)
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Patience (Overture)
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The Yeomen of the guard, or The merryman and his maid; Overture
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The Yeomen of the guard, or The merryman and his maid; Overture
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'In a contemplative fashion', from The Gondoliers
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'In a contemplative fashion', from The Gondoliers
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The Pirates of Penzance (Overture)
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The Pirates of Penzance (Overture)
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The Mikado: "The Sun Whose Rays"
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The Mikado: "The Sun Whose Rays"
William Schwenck Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan, George Baker, Glyndebourne Chorus, Pro Arte Orchestra & Sir Malcolm Sargent
A modern Major General (The Pirates of Penzance)
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A modern Major General (The Pirates of Penzance)
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Pineapple Poll - Reconciliation and Grand Finale
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Pineapple Poll - Reconciliation and Grand Finale
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Symphony in E major (Irish)
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Symphony in E major (Irish)
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The Tempest - Incidental Music
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The Tempest - Incidental Music
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Marmion - Overture
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Marmion - Overture
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Pineapple Poll Suite : Poll's Dance arr for wind ensemble by W J Duthoit
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Pineapple Poll Suite : Poll's Dance arr for wind ensemble by W J Duthoit
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The long day closes
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The long day closes
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From the briny sea; I shipped, d'ye see; Hornpipe (from Ruddigore)
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From the briny sea; I shipped, d'ye see; Hornpipe (from Ruddigore)
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Oh, is there not one maiden's breast from The Pirates of Penzance
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Oh, is there not one maiden's breast from The Pirates of Penzance
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A Wandering Minstrel, I from The Mikado
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A Wandering Minstrel, I from The Mikado
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