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Gilbert and Sullivan: Opera Explained | [Thomson Smillie]

Gilbert and Sullivan: Opera Explained

This audio-biography sets out to explain the timeless popularity of the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan: a colorful partnership 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Master narrator and theater historian David Timson delivers this story, which is augmented by the stirring music created by Gilbert and Sullivan. With an authoritative tone, Timson delivers an energetic rendering of the behind-the-scenes drama about the team who created the classic operas. Timson brings a palatable joy to his performance as well as a depth of clarity about the subjects. Listeners who are fans of Gilbert and Sullivan will relish Timson's guidance through the history of their creative process and popularity.

Publisher's Summary

This audio-biography sets out to explain the timeless popularity of the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan: a colorful partnership 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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