The Merchant of Venice (Sullivan, Arthur)



Sheet Music

Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Piano

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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Bosworth & Co., 1898. Plate B. & Co. 2386.
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General Information

Work Title The Merchant of Venice
Alternative. Title Masquerade
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 47
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 numbers:
  1. Introduction
  2. Barcarole (Serénade)
  3. Introduction and Bourrée
  4. Danse Grotesque (Pierrots and Harlequins)
  5. A la Valse
  6. Melodrama
  7. Finale
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1871
First Performance. 1871-9-19 - Manchester, Prince's Theatre
First Publication. 1873
Librettist Francesco Rizzelli (fl. late 19th century)
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 24 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation tenor solo (ad lib), orchestra

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  • First published as a piano duet by Cramer & Co., London, 1873, plate 6542. Published in full score by Bosworth & Co., Leipzig and London, 1898, plate 2341, and piano solo, plate 2386.
  • The original theatrical version includes a tenor soloist in the second movement, setting an interpolated text by F. Rizzelli, Nel ciel seren. The ad lib. aspect of this part refers to the suite, not the original incidental music.
  • A suite consisting of four movements (1,3,5 & 7) was regularly performed during the composer's lifetime.

(As noted, Shakespeare's text is not spoken/sung during the incidental music so- not listed as librettist. Rizzelli's name added above.)