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  1. GILBERT & SULLIVAN  FOR      SINGERS MEZZO-SOPRANO BK/CD  THE VOCAL LIBRARY
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  2. GILBERT & SULLIVAN FOR SINGERS MEZZO-SOPRANO BK/CD THE VOCAL LIBRARY

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(Vocal Collection). W.S. Gilbert wrote the words, Arthur Sullivan composed the music, and together they revolutionized theatre music in English. This new series presents songs and arias from their timeless operettas, collected by voice type. There are 15-17 songs per volume, with the most famous excerpts being peppered by beautiful, less known choices. The edition includes notes about the plot context of each selection. The piano accompaniments on the companion CDs were recorded by Laura Ward. Includes songs and arias from The Gondoliers, The Grand Duke, Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida, Ruddigore, The Sorcerer, Utopia Unlimited, The Yeomen of the Guard .

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Richard Walters
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Hal Leonard
EAN
9780634059438
Edition
1
Feature
Softcover with CD88 pagesSize: 12" x 9"Arranger: Richard WaltersISBN: 634059432
IsAutographed
ISBN
0634059432
IsMemorabilia
Label
HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Manufacturer
HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Model
740215
MPN
740215
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
88
PartNumber
740215
PublicationDate
2003-07-01
Publisher
HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
ReleaseDate
2003-07-01
Studio
HAL LEONARD CORPORATION
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

When Frederic Was A Lad
To A Garden Full Of Posies
Alone, And Yet Alive
A Lady Fair
Cheerily Carols The Lark
Come Mighty Must!
My Lord, A Suppliant At Your Feet
On The Day When I Was Wedded
Sir Rupert Murgatroyd
When But A Maid Of Fifteen Years
When Our Galland Norman Foes
(I'm Called) Little Buttercup
Were I Thy Bride
When Maiden Loves, She Sits And Sighs
When A Merry Maiden Marries
Silver'd Is The Raven Hair
Oh, Foolish Fay
As most who appreciate Gilbert & Sullivan know, the operas under D'Oyly Carte were essentially performed by a resident company - the characters in most of the G&S operas were created to play to the strengths of specific singers who in many cases stayed with the theatre for years. Thus, we have the patter-baritone roles created for George Grossmith, the imposing contraltos of Rosina Brandam, the pertly charming mezzos of Jessie Bond, and so on.

I have adored Gilbert & Sullivan since I was a child, and have been performing their work for 20 years, so I had high hopes for this book. However, ten of the seventeen arias in this book are for contraltos, leaving only seven mezzo arias - and that's not even counting the fact that "A Lady Fair, Of Lineage High" is duplicated in the soprano book, while "Cheerily Carols the Lark" includes the entirety of "To a Garden Full of Posies," which is then repeated a few pages later! (I was wondering why they'd been silly enough to wedge... Read more
As a previous reviewer pointed out, there are only 5 mezzo arias in here (6, if you count "A lady fair, of lineage high" - which can be done by mezzo but I've mostly seen done by a soprano - and 7 if you count the fact that there is one aria that appears twice: "To a garden full of posies" is also the second half of "Cheerily carols the lark"). Which leaves 10 contralto arias in a book that's supposedly for mezzos.

I can't really complain about what /does/ appear in this book, and to be fair, mezzos sometimes sing alto roles in G&S (I myself have done so more than once). So I guess it's mildly useful to have all of them in one place. However, any usefulness that provides is significantly hindered by the fact that someone who's less discerning/knowledgeable about G&S, given this anthology, is pretty likely to end up singing something they're not suited to.

In short - do your research! It's nice to have this all in once place but if you're... Read more
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