Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan
Last updated: 06.08.17
||A.Sullivan & W. Gilbert
||W.W. Norton & Company
Paperback - 624 pages Reissue edition (September 1997), usually ships within 2-3 days.
From Thespis to The Grand Duke, here are all the words to all the
operettas on which William Schenk Gilbert and Arthur Seymour Sullivan
collaborated. A fixture in Anglo-American music theater and humor for
well over a century, their wit retains its edge after all these years. Norton
offers the libretti available in handy, totable book form and generously
illustrates them with Gilbert's accomplished pen-and-ink drawings.
In one concise volume, the complete texts of these perennially popular light operas. From Trial by Jury to The Pirates of Penzance: the complete librettos of all fourteen Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Gilbert's verses for Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. As the Savoy Operas enter their second century on a swell of renewed popularity, Gilbert's reputation as the supreme wordsmith of light opera remains secure. Complete and authentic, these are the librettos on which modern performances and recordings are
based. Scattered among the songs are over seventy of the amusing,
quirky pictures Gilbert drew to illustrate them. A chronology prepared for
this edition sketches the authors' lives and careers. This is a book that no
lover of Gilbert and Sullivan, musical comedy, or indeed the English
theater will want to be without.
Synopsis William Gilbert's verses for Arthur Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. From "Trial by Jury" to "The Pirates of Penzance", here are the librettos on which modern performances and recordings are based. Includes biographical sketches of Gilbert and Sullivan and the amusing pictures drawn by Gilbert to illustrate the music.