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I am the very model of a modern Major-General

Arthur Sullivan
Year of composition
W S Gilbert
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous numbers from "The Pirates of Penzance", here arranged for unaccompanied vocal quartet.

The Major-General (tenor) is a "patter" role and can mostly be half-spoken. It should also be almost over-acted. Breath marks are indicated in the most usual places to pause, but others can be added. Also in every verse there is a moment where the Major-General searches for (increasingly improbable) rhymes and this should also be played on in the silent pauses.

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