The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan, Arthur)

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Performer Pages Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust (company)
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Alan Spencer (stage director)
Hilary Norris (associate director)
Michael Andrewes (conductor/musical director)
Barry Dorking (Major-General Stanley)
Emma Fraser (Mabel)
Stephen Brown (Frederic)
Roger Wilson (Pirate King)
Jane Robertson (Ruth)
Greg MacLeod (Sergeant of Police)
Dave Solomon (Samuel)
Sarah Cuthbertson (Edith)
Vicky Payne (Kate)
Lynley Masters (Isabel)
Publisher Info. Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust, 2012.
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38 more: Pour, oh pour the pirate sherry • When Frederic was a little lad • Oh, better far to live and die • Oh false one, you have deceived me! • What shall I do? — Climbing over rocky mountain • Stop, ladies, pray! • Oh, is there not one maiden breast • Oh sisters, deaf to pity's name? • Poor wandering one • What ought we to do — How beautifully blue the sky • Stay, we must not lose our senses! • Here's a first-rate opportunity to get married with impunity • Hold, monsters! • I am the very model of a modern Major-General • Oh, men of dark and dismal fate • I'm telling a terrible story — Hail, Poetry — Oh, happy day • Oh, master, hear one word, I do implore you! • Pray observe the magnanimity we display to lace and dimity • Oh, dry the glistening tear • Now, Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted • When the foeman bares his steel • Now for the pirates' lair! • Young Frederic! — Who calls? • When you had left our pirate fold • Away, away! My heart's on fire! • All is prepared, your gallant crew await you • Stay, Frederic, stay! • Ah, leave me not to pine • In 1940 I of age shall be — For here is love, and here is truth, and here is food for joyous laughter • No, I'll be brave! • Though in body and in mind • When a felon's not engaged in his employment • A rollicking band of pirates we • With cat-like tread • Hush, hush! Not a word! • Sighing softly to the river • Now what is this, and what is that • Frederic here! Oh joy, oh rapture! — Poor wandering ones

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Performer Pages Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (chorus)
Pro Arte Orchestra (orchestra)
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
George Baker (Major-General Stanley)
James Milligan (Pirate King)
John Cameron (Samuel)
Richard Lewis (Frederic)
Owen Brannigan (Sergeant)
Elsie Morison (Mabel)
Heather Harper (Edith)
Marjorie Thomas (Kate)
Monica Sinclair (Ruth)
Publisher Info. EMI, January 1961.
Reissue (CD) EMI, 1989.
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Misc. Notes Recorded February 6, 1958 (Overture) and December 30, 1958 to January 2, 1959
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38 more: Pour, oh pour the pirate sherry • When Frederic was a little lad • Oh, better far to live and die • Oh false one, you have deceived me! • Climbing over rocky mountain • Stop, ladies, pray! • Oh, is there not one maiden breast? • Oh sisters, deaf to pity's name? • Poor wandering one • What ought we to do • How beautifully blue the sky • Stay, we must not lose our senses! • Hold, monsters! • I am the very model of a modern Major-General • Oh, men of dark and dismal fate • Hail, Poetry • You may go, for you're at liberty • Pray observe the magnanimity • Oh, dry the glistening tear • Then, Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted • When the foeman bares his steel • Now for the pirates' lair! • When you had left our pirate fold • Away, away! My heart's on fire! • All is prepared • Stay, Frederic, stay! • Ah, leave me not to pine • For here is love, and here is truth, and here is food for joyous laughter • No, I'll be brave — Though in body and in mind — Sergeant, approach • When a felon's not engaged in his employment • A rollicking band of pirates we • With cat-like tread • Hush, hush! Not a word! • Sighing softly to the river • Now what is this, and what is that? • We triumph now • Away with them, and place them at the bar! • Poor wandering ones

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Performer Pages D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (cast)
New Symphony Orchestra of London (orchestra)
Isidore Godfrey (conductor)
Peter Pratt (Major-General Stanley)
Donald Adams (Pirate King)
Howard Short (Samuel)
Thomas Round (Frederic)
Kenneth Sandford (Sergeant of Police)
Jean Hindmarsh (Mabel)
Beryl Dixon (Edith)
Marian Martin (Kate)
Ann Drummond-Grant (Ruth)
Publisher Info. Decca, 1958.
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Misc. Notes Recorded at Kingsway Hall, November–December 1957
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Performer Pages D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (soloists and chorus)
New Promenade Orchestra (orchestra)
Isidore Godfrey (conductor)
Martyn Green (Major-General Stanley)
Darrell Fancourt (Pirate King)
Donald Harris (Samuel)
Leonard Osborn (Frederic)
Richard Watson (Sergeant of Police)
Muriel Harding (Mabel)
Joan Gillingham (Edith)
Joyce Wright (Kate)
Ella Halman (Ruth)
Publisher Info. London: London Records, 1949.
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Performer Pages D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (cast)
Light Opera Orchestra (orchestra)
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
George Baker (Major-General Stanley)
Peter Dawson (Pirate King)
Stuart Robertson (Samuel)
Derek Oldham (Frederic)
Leo Sheffield (Sergeant of Police)
Elsie Griffin (Mabel)
Nellie Briercliffe (Edith)
Nellie Walker (Kate)
Dorothy Gill (Ruth)
Publisher Info. HMV, 1929.
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8 more: Oh, better far to live and die • Climbing over rocky mountain • Oh, is there not one maiden breast • Poor wandering one • I am the very model of a modern Major-General • When the foeman bares his steel • When a felon's not engaged in his employment • With cat-like tread

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Performer Pages Beecham Choral Society (chorus)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (orchestra)
James Walker (Conductor)
John Cartier (Major-General Stanley)
Kenneth Sandford (Pirate King)
Neil Howlett (Samuel)
Edgar Fleet (Frederic)
Donald Adams (Sergeant of Police)
Cynthia Glover (Mabel)
Publisher Info. Reader's Digest, 1963.
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Overture

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Performers West Saxon Symphony Orchestra / Alexander van Diepen
Publisher Info. Boca Raton: Masters Music Publications, 2005. Catalog M 9869
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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1879.
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell / D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.(ca.1920).
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell / D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.(ca.1920).
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Arranger Berthold Tours (1838-1897)
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Waltz Song: "Poor Wandering One" (Act I, No.8)

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For Theater Orchestra (Cox)

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Arranger John Summers Cox
Publisher. Info. Theatrical and Dance Journal, No.85
Philadelphia: J.W. Pepper, 1881.
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Publisher. Info. Classic Cornet Solos with Piano Accompaniment, No.90
Philadelphia: J.W. Pepper, 1881.
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A Policeman's Lot

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Work Title The Pirates of Penzance
Alternative. Title The Slave of Duty
Name Translations Пираты Пензанса; Piraci z Penzance; Die Piraten von Penzance; 彭贊斯的海盜; 班戰斯的海盜 (歌劇); 班战斯的海盗 (歌剧); ペンザンスの海賊; הפיראטים מפנזנץ; دزدان دریایی پنزانس; 班战斯的海盗
Name Aliases Os Piratas de Penzance; Os piratas de penzance; The pirates of penzance; O Escravo do Dever; The Pirates Of Penzance; Pirates of Penzance; 班戰斯的海盜; 彭赞斯的海盗; 彭讚斯的海盜; 彭讚斯的海盗
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 184280912; LCCN: n80040729; GND: 300159129; BNF: 14019521f
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 60
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts:
  • Overture
"With cat-like tread" -
"Ah, leave me not to pine" -
"Pray observe the magnanimity" -
"When you had left our pirate fold" -
"Climbing over rocky mountain" -
"How beautifully blue the sky"
  • Act I
1. "Pour, oh pour, the pirate sherry" (Samuel and Chorus of Pirates)
2. "When Fred'ric was a little lad" (Ruth)
3. "Oh, better far to live and die" (Pirate King and Chorus of Pirates)
4. "Oh! false one, you have deceiv'd me" (Frederic and Ruth)
5. "Climbing over rocky mountain" (Chorus of Girls)
6. "Stop, ladies, pray" (Edith, Kate, Frederic, and Chorus of Girls)
7. "Oh, is there not one maiden breast?" (Frederic and Chorus of Girls)
8. "Poor wand'ring one" (Mabel and Chorus of Girls)
9. "What ought we to do?" (Edith, Kate, and Chorus of Girls)
10. "How beautifully blue the sky" (Mabel, Frederic, and Chorus of Girls)
11. "Stay, we must not lose our senses" ... "Here's a first-rate opportunity to get married with impunity"
(Frederic and Chorus of Girls and Pirates)
12. "Hold, monsters" (Mabel, Major-General, Samuel, and Chorus)
13. "I am the very model of a modern Major-General" (Major-General and Chorus)
14. Finale Act I (Mabel, Kate, Edith, Ruth, Frederic, Samuel, King, Major-General, and Chorus)
"Oh, men of dark and dismal fate"
"I’m telling a terrible story"
"Hail, Poetry"
"Oh, happy day, with joyous glee"
"Pray observe the magnanimity" (reprise of "Here's a first-rate opportunity")
  • Act II
15. "Oh, dry the glist'ning tear" (Mabel and Chorus of Girls)
16. "Then, Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted" (Frederic and Major-General)
17. "When the foeman bares his steel" (Mabel, Edith, Sergeant, and Chorus of Policemen and Girls)
18. "Now for the pirates' lair!" (Frederic, Ruth, and King)
19. "When you had left our pirate fold" [The "paradox" trio] (Ruth, Frederic, and King)
20. "Away, away! My heart's on fire!" (Ruth, Frederic, and King)
21. "All is prepar'd; your gallant crew await you" (Mabel and Frederic)
22. "Stay, Fred'ric, stay" ... "Ah, leave me not to pine" ... "Oh, here is love, and here is truth"
(Mabel and Frederic)
23. "No, I'll be brave" ... "Though in body and in mind"
(Reprise of "When the foeman bares his steel") (Mabel, Sergeant, and Chorus of Police)
23a. "Sergeant, approach!" (Mabel, Sergeant of Police, and Chorus of Police)
24. "When a felon's not engaged in his employment" (Sergeant and Chorus of Police)
25. "A rollicking band of pirates we" (Sergeant and Chorus of Pirates and Police)
26. "With cat-like tread, upon our prey we steal" (Samuel and Chorus of Pirates and Police)
27. "Hush, hush, not a word!" (Frederic, King, Major-General, and Chorus of Police and Pirates)
28. Finale, Act II (Ensemble)
"Sighing softly to the river"
"Now what is this, and what is that?"
"You/We triumph now"
"Away with them, and place them at the bar!"
"Poor wandering ones!"
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1879
First Performance. 1879-12-31 — New York: Fifth Avenue Theatre.
First Publication. 1880 (October) - London: Chappell
Librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra
InstrDetail
Cast
Major-General Stanley (comic baritone)
The Pirate King (bass-baritone)
Samuel, his Lieutenant (baritone)
Frederic, the Pirate Apprentice (tenor)
Sergeant of Police (bass)
General Stanley's daughters
Mabel (soprano)
Edith (mezzo-soprano)
Kate (mezzo-soprano)
Isabel (speaking role)
Ruth, a Piratical Maid of all work (contralto)

Mixed Chorus (SATB)

Chorus of Pirates, Police and General Stanley's Daughters

Orchestra

2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon
2 horns, 2 cornets, 2 trombones
timpani, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, strings
Discography Gilbert & Sullivan Discography
Primary Sources Autograph full score: US-NYpm
External Links Wikipedia article
Gilbert & Sullivan Archive
Scores at Sheet Music Plus

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