Selection: The Mikado (CB)

Composer
Sir Arthur Sullivan
Arranger
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
10 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Concert band / wind band
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Gilbert sought elsewhere for a subject suitable to his peculiar humour. A trifling accident inspired him with an idea. One day an old Japanese sword which, for years, had been hanging on the wall of his study, fell from its place. This incident directed his attention to Japan. Just at that time a company of Japanese had arrived in England and set up a little village of their own in Knightsbridge. Beneath the shadow of the Cavalry Barracks the quaint little people squatted and stalked, proud and unconconscious of the contrast between their own diminutive forms and those of the Royal Horse Guards across the road. By their strange arts and devices and manner of life, these chosen representatives of a remote race soon attracted all London.

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