How Quaint the Ways of Paradox!: An Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan Bibliography

Overview

Sir W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) are best remembered today for the fourteen Savoy comic operas on which they collaborated between 1871 and 1896. But Gilbert also dominated the British dramatic stage for more than 30 years, and Sullivan was recognized at an early age as the composer of serious works. This book identifies 968 articles, monographs, and dissertations by and about Gilbert and Sullivan. Works of history and analysis cover their lives, their separate and joint ...

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Overview

Sir W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) are best remembered today for the fourteen Savoy comic operas on which they collaborated between 1871 and 1896. But Gilbert also dominated the British dramatic stage for more than 30 years, and Sullivan was recognized at an early age as the composer of serious works. This book identifies 968 articles, monographs, and dissertations by and about Gilbert and Sullivan. Works of history and analysis cover their lives, their separate and joint professional careers, and the Victorian world in which they lived and worked. Dillard also identifies and describes the products of their genius_poems, plays, librettos, and musical scores. He has examined over 90% of the entries to ensure the existence of the items cited and the accuracy of information about them.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Indexing is very thorough.... a valuable reference for music libraries, researchers, and students.
The Trumpet Bray
... very valuable... densely packed...
CHOICE
Dillard... has contributed immensely to the world of scholarship.... Nothing close to this has been done for over 60 years.... A valuable resource for anyone doing Gilbert and Sullivan research at any level.
Rq
... needed and requested.... a very useful little volume, long overdue, that belongs in any basic music collection.
Choice
Dillard... has contributed immensely to the world of scholarship.... Nothing close to this has been done for over 60 years.... A valuable resource for anyone doing Gilbert and Sullivan research at any level.
RQ
... needed and requested.... a very useful little volume, long overdue, that belongs in any basic music collection.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Indexing is very thorough.... a valuable reference for music libraries, researchers, and students.
Booknews
Cites nearly 1,000 works of history and biography, criticism, and primary material connected with W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), not only about their collaborative comic operas, but also about their separate, serious careers as dramatist and composer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810824454
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip H. Dillard (Ed.D., Indiana University) teaches courses in instructional media for Southern Utah University. An unrepentant Savoyard, he delights in Gilbert's witty lyrics and sense of the absurdity of the human condition and in Sullivan's inexhaustible supply of beautiful melodies and harmonies.

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