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'The Progress of Music. (A celestial legend). Written & composed one evening at a social dinner by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan'

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MS. Mus. b. 44

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Humorous poem with musical illustrations. Copy (between 1883 and 1907). The attribution is very unlikely to be correct, although the poem's allusions are undoubtedly to Sullivan's own life. Arthur Jacobs has suggested that it was perhaps the work of one of Sullivan's musical friends, such as Frederic Clay or Joseph Barnby. It must have been written in June or early July 1876, and was first published anonymously in The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 22 July 1876. This manuscript copy, however, does not derive from the printed source, but presumably from another early manuscript version.

Dates

  • 1883-1907

Extent

2 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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Shelfmark:

MS. Mus. b. 44

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16605

Abstract

'The Progress of Music. (A celestial legend). Written & composed one evening at a social dinner by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan'.

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was a dramatist and librettist. See the Grove Music Online for further details.

Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) was a composer and conductor. See the Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Mrs Stella Botes, 1988.

Dimensions

folio
Title
'The Progress of Music. (A celestial legend). Written & composed one evening at a social dinner by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan'
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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