Arthur Sullivan


See also: Gilbert & Sullivan Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) was one of the foremost English composers of operetta in his day. He was born in London to a bandmaster, and had a knack for music innately. He studied music at Leipzig Conservatory, in Germany, where he met Franz Liszt and Edvard Grieg. Sullivan was a collaborator with William Schwenk Gilbert the playwright on many endeavors. He rose to instant fame with his Savoy Operas: The The Pirates of Penzance (1878), Princess Ida (1884), and most popularly of all, The Mikado (1885), plus much more. Many of the Gilbert and Sullivan works stealthily parodied British institutions, like the House of Commons and the aesthetic movement led by Oscar Wilde. Those were instigated by the theatrical impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte. Sullivan's collaborations with W.S. Gilbert were resounding successes quite naturally; HMS Pinafore ran for 700 nights; Sullivan imitated the styles of Handel, Donizetti, and Verdi. However, Sullivan never took his bouncy operettas seriously, though they were immensely successful. He valued his more serious works more, such as Ivanhoe, though they are now obscure in this time period. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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