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A most ingenious paradox : the art of Gilbert and Sullivan

Author: Gayden Wren
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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Written more than a century ago, and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan emerged over the course of the 20th century as the world's most popular body of musical-theatre works. Despite the works' resounding popularity and proven longevity however, most books written on Gilbert and Sullivan have focused on the authors, rather than their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wren, Gayden, 1961-
Most ingenious paradox.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(DLC) 2001021713
(OCoLC)46634431
Named Person: W S Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; W S Gilbert
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gayden Wren
ISBN: 9780195349276 019534927X 9780195145144 0195145143 1280531789 9781280531781 1602564574 9781602564572
OCLC Number: 59712817
Description: 1 online resource (x, 396 p.) : ill.
Contents: Gilbert before Sullivan --
Sullivan before Gilbert --
Thespis --
Trial by jury --
The sorcerer --
H.M.S. Pinafore --
The pirates of Penzance --
Patience --
Iolanthe --
Princess Ida --
The mikado --
Ruddigore --
The Yeomen of the guard --
The gondoliers --
Utopia, limited --
The grand duke --
Gilbert after Sullivan, Sullivan after Gilbert.
Responsibility: Gayden Wren.

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Written more than a century ago, and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan emerged over the course of the 20th century as the world's most popular body of musical-theatre works. Despite the works' resounding popularity and proven longevity however, most books written on Gilbert and Sullivan have focused on the authors, rather than their work. Examining all fourteen operas in detail, Gayden Wren offers a fresh look at the works themselves. He argues that the key to the operas' longevity lies not primarily in their clever lyrics, witty dialogue, or catchy music, but in the central themes underlying the characters and stories.

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