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Pirates of Penzance, The (arr Godfrey)

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Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (arr. Godfrey)


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Subtitle: Selections from Arthur Sullivan's Melodramatic Opera


General Info

Year: 1879 / 18--?
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kalmus
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.95   |   Score Only (print) - $6.95


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera's official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for more than three months in New York.

The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his "twenty-first birthday", meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Encore Concert Band (Makena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 7 May 2017


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Resources

  • The Pirates of Penzance, Wikipedia Accessed 13 May 2017
  • Sullivan, A.; Godfrey, A.; Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. [19--?]. The Pirates of Penzance : Selections from Arthur Sullivan's Melodramatic Opera [score]. Chappell & Co.: London.