Arthur Sullivan
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
6 minutes
Classical music
Solo instrument (Piano)
Instrumental parts
Not available

In the 1970�s - 1980�s I was a member of two or three Operatic Societies, performing a wide range of music, but especially Gilbert and Sullivan. Iolanthe (1882) was one of those Operettas I performed in. I was a Principal Performer in a number of Operettas, but I was only a Chorister in Iolanthe.

It was a great experience, - �the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd!� I even got to sign some autographs. There was one memorable occasion when some �wag� took our greasepaint remover home and myself and a few other male members of the choir had to go home on a bus in full greasepaint, one busy Friday night through all of the drunken Friday night revellers. We looked like caricatures of Quentin Crisp, earning us some ribald remarks and wolf whistles!

There is nothing I can say about Gilbert and Sullivan which has not been said before. But on THIS interpretive �copy� of the original piano arrangement I have tried to interpret it as I would play it.

Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) �is probably still the most widely known of all English composers. His fame was founded upon his theatrical partnership with William Schwenk Gilbert, but as the composer of many choral and orchestral works he was a leading figure in his own right in the musical life of Victorian England. His diaries and letters, only recently available for public scrutiny, throw a completely new light on the life of a Victorian composer and conductor who was born the son of a military bandmaster and came to dominate the London scene.�

From �Arthur Sullivan / A Victorian Musician� by Arthur Jacobs. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:


seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.


Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

cloud scorch goes here

Licensing for this music

This score was published on Score Exchange by Peter Dewar-Finch. When you buy it, you are granted a license that includes the following:

Sharing the file you download
When you buy the score - make multiple copies
When you buy parts - make multiple copies

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

In order to submit this score to Peter Dewar-Finch has declared that they own the copyright to this work in its entirety or that they have been granted permission from the copyright holder to use their work. If you believe that this score should be not available here because it infringes your or someone elses copyright, please report this score using the copyright abuse form.