An Introduction to Gilbert & Sullivan
Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
This audio-biography of sets out to explain the timeless popularity of the operettas
of Gilbert and Sullivan: a colourful partnership that formed two of the most
successful writers in the history of light music. It highlights Gilbert's mastery
of language - his wit, his turn of phrase, his brilliant lyrics (alternately
very funny and deeply moving) - and the special melodic gift which enabled Arthur
Sullivan to write music of such beauty and style. While each was a master of
his craft, it was the combination that created magic sparks and guaranteed Gilbert
and Sullivan a place in musical history.
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