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Musical Theatre: Gilbert & Sullivan

Resources on Gilbert and Sullivan

Lewis Library has many resources on Gilbert and Sullivan—books, e-books, and recordings, not just CDs but many albums you can listen to online through our NAXOS database.  This guide provides just a sampling; ask the reference librarian if you want anything specific.

Vocal Scores

The following vocal scores are on the upper level of Lewis Library:

  • Trial by Jury (call number M 1503 .S944 T75 1999; another copy M 1503 .S949 T757 1941)
  • H.M.S. Pinafore (M 1503 .S944 H56 2002)
  • Patience (M 1503 .S949 P25 1950)
  • Iolanthe (M 1503 .S944 I57 1950 X)
  • The Mikado (M 1500 .S92 M3 1999 [full score] and M 1503 .S949 M5 1900)
  • Ruddigore (M 1503 .S949 R8 1953)
  • The Yeomen of the Guard (M 1503 .S949 Y4)
  • The Gondoliers (M 1503 .S949 G55)
  • Utopia Limited (M 1503 .S949 U85)
  • The Grand Duke (M 1503 .S944 G75)

 

 

Books and E-books

Libretti (scripts)

  • The Complete Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan (ML 49 .S9 A1 1996)
  • The First Night Gilbert and Sullivan (ML 49 .S9 A1 1975)
  • Plays & Poems of W.S. Gilbert (PR 4713 .A1 1932)

 

Other comic operas, plays and poems by W.S. Gilbert:

  • Plays by W.S. Gilbert (PR 4713 .A4 1982)
  • Gilbert before Sullivan:  Six Comic Plays (ML 49 .G477)
  • The Bab Ballads (PR 4713 .B3 1970)

 

Biographical and critical

  • Ainger, Michael.  Gilbert and Sullivan:  A Dual Biography (ML 410 .S95 A77 2002; also available as an e-book)
  • Baily, Leslie.  The Gilbert & Sullivan Book (ML 410 .S95 B3 1957)
  • Crowther, Andrew.  Contradiction Contradicted:  The Plays of W.S. Gilbert  (PR 4714 .C76 2000)
  • Crowther, Andrew.  Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan.  (ML 423 .G55 C76 2011)
  • Eden, David, ed.  The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan (ML 410 .S95 C35 2009)
  • Jacobs, Arthur.  Arthur Sullivan:  A Victorian Musician (ML 410 .S95 J28 1984)
  • Pearson, Hesketh.  Gilbert:  His Life and Strife (PR 4714 .P4 1957)
  • Stedman, Jane W.  W.S. Gilbert:  A Classic Victorian and His Theatre (PR 4714 .S744 1996)
  • Sullivan, Herbert.  Sir Arthur Sullivan:  His Life, Letters & Diaries (ML 410 .S95 S95 1950)
  • Sutton, Max Keith.  W.S. Gilbert (PR4714 .S87)

 

E-books

 

The Dictionary of Literary Biography article on Gilbert (volume 344, 2009) is available here.

You’ll find many online resources on Gilbert and Sullivan in the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive.
 

 

Videos and CDs

Streaming video

 

DVDs include:

  • Patience (DVD M 1500 .S866 P311 2002)
  • The Mikado (Eric Idle) DVD M 1500 .S95 M55 2005
  • The Gondoliers (DVD M 1500 .S866 G42 2001)
  • Topsy-Turvy (1999 Mike Leigh film) (DVD PN 1997 .T679 1999)

 

CDs

  • Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore (CD M 1500 .S944 H56 1987)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (CD M 1500 .S944 P55 1990)
  • Patience (CD M 1500 .S944 P21 1992)
  • The Yeomen of the Guard (CD M 1500 .S944 Y63 2004)
  • The Gondoliers (CD M 1500 .S944 G42 2003)

 

Recordings online (Naxos Music Library)

Lewis Library subscribes to the Naxos Music Library database, which provides many Gilbert & Sullivan recordings; the following is just a partial list.  If the links below don’t work from off campus, access “Naxos Music Library” from the library home page’s “Lewis Library Resources” box.

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company recordings:

 

Studio recordings conducted by Malcolm Sargent:

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