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Orchestral Concert


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AFTER the run of The Yeomen of the Guard the relations between Gilbert and Sullivan had become strained. Sullivan had complained to Carte, Carte had passed it on, and Gilbert fired up. I say that when you,' he wrote, ' ... incomparably the greatest English musician of the age-a man whose genius is a proverb wherever the English tongue is spoken ... deliberately state that you have submitted silently and uncomplainingly for twelve years to be extinguished, ignored, set aside, rebuffed, and generally effaced by your librettist, you grievously reflect, not upon him, but upon yourself and the noble Art of which you are so eminent a professor.' The wounds took time to heal, but at last Sullivan could record in his diary ' Long and frank explanation with Gilbert..... Shook hands and buried the hatchet.'
All this preceded the making of The Gondoliers.
It was now begun, written, and finished in amity.
After the production Sullivan wrote about it. ' Gilbert and I got a tremendous ovation.' his diary states, ' we have never had such a brilliant first night.' And so did Gilbert : he posted at once a letter to Sullivan, I must thank you again for the magnificent work you have put into the piece. It gives one the chance of shining right through the twentieth century with a reflected light.' ' Don't talk of reflected light,' Sullivan retorted with similar extravagance. ' In such a perfect book as " The Gondoliers " you shine with an individual brilliance which no other writer can hope to attain.' Within a year, however, these two men of eruptive tempers were at it again. This time it was about practically nothing at all-a question of expenditure on new carpets for the Savoy Theatre.


Unknown: F. Weist
Conducted By: Joseph Lewis

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