The Light of the World (Sullivan, Arthur)

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First version

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Bassani (2011/7/12)

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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. London: J.B. Cramer & Co., 1873.
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Revised version

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Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, n.d.(1905). Plate 17746
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Aria: The Lord is Risen "And God shall wipe away all tears" (No.37)

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Coulonnus (2012/10/20)

Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, n.d.(1898). Plate 14005.
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Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, n.d.[1873]. Plate 17746.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Piano (Callcott)

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Arranger William Hutchins Callcott (1807-1882)
Publisher. Info. London: J.B. Cramer & Co., n.d.[1874]. Plate C & Co. 6768.
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General Information

Work Title The Light of the World
Alternative. Title
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 41 numbers in 2 parts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1872-73
First Performance. 1873-08-27 - Birmingham Musical Festival
First Publication. 1873
Librettist The Bible, selected and assembled by the composer
Language English
Dedication The Duchess of Edinburgh (Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrowna of Russia)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2 hours, 45 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: Soloists (SSATBarB), mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes (1 doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets, bass-clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, harp, organ and strings
External Links Gilbert & Sullivan Archive


Misc. Comments

The Cramer vocal score exists in two editions, the first of which, containing 275 pages of music, reflects the work as first performed in Birmingham in 1873. The composer subsequently made several significant cuts and alterations to the oratorio and a second edition was issued, running to 259 pages. The Schirmer vocal score reflects these revisions.

There is a discrepancy in numbering between the Cramer and Schirmer vocal scores. Before the first performance, the composer omitted number 7 (probably a recitative) from the score but it was clearly too late to re-set the printing and thus in the Cramer edition, number 6 is simply followed by number 8 (giving an actual total of 41 movements, although the index runs to 42).

This numbering omission is corrected in the Schirmer score, which allocated Cramer No.8 as Schirmer No.7, etc. However, following the first performance the composer cut a recitative (No.38 in the Cramer first edition) and its omission from the Schirmer score leads to a total of 40 numbers.