On Shore and Sea (Sullivan, Arthur)




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Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, n.d. [1898]. Plate 14001.
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Work Title On Shore and Sea
Alternative. Title A Dramatic Cantata
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 numbers
  1. Choruses of sailors and women - The windlass ply, the cable haul
  2. Recitative, Song and Chorus - Il Marinajo and Sailors - 'Tis the mid-watch of night
  3. Recitative - La Sposina - From Spring-time on to Summer draws the year
  4. Song and Chorus - La Sposina and Women - Soft and sadly sea-wind swell
  5. Moresque - Instrumental
  6. Recitative and Chorus - Il Marinajo - The Crescent o'er the Cross is hoisted high
  7. Recitative - Il Marinajo - They chain not Christian souls that chain their limbs!
  8. Chorus of Sailors (prisoners) at the oar - With a will, oh brothers, with one will for all
  9. Recitative and Duet - Il Marinajo and La Sposina - Hark! on the night - the clash of falling chains
  10. Chorus - Sink and scatter, clouds of war
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1871
First Performance. 1871-05-01 - London, Royal Albert Hall
First Publication. 1871 – London: Boosey
Librettist Tom Taylor (1817–1880)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: Soloists (ST), mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass-clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets (doubling 2 cornets), 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (bass drum, cymbals, side drum, triangle, Turkish bells) and strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Gilbert & Sullivan Archive

Misc. Comments

Composed for the opening of the London International Exhibition.