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Sullivan: The Lost Chord for Euphonium & Piano

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By Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

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Euphonium & Piano - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900). Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Romantic Period, General Worship, Repertoire, Technique Training, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.345187).

Item Number: S0.345187

Score: 10 pages, solo part: 2 pages, piano part: 3 pages. Duration: 4:25. Not difficult, but requires sensitivity & dynamic control. Suitable for recitals, church meditations, or school programs.

School Years

First of all, Sullivan attendedmusic school at the Royal Academy of Music. Because Sullivan was so talented, theAcademy awarded him the Mendelssohn Scholarship for two years in a row. He, therefore,studied with John Goss, who studied with Thomas Atwood, who in turn studiedwith Mozart. Sullivan similarly studied the piano at the Academy with ArthurO’Leary.

Study Abroad

During his first year, he also earnedmoney by singing solos in the Chapel Royal. At the end of his second year, theAcademy consequently continued his scholarship and sent him to study at theLeipzig Conservatoire. He certainly studied composition, and likewise counterpointand piano. Hence, during his final year in Leipzig, Sullivan finally completedhis graduation composition project: Incidental Music for Shakespeare’s TheTempest.

Association withGilbert

It seems like Sullivan built thebulk of his composing career largely in the 1860s. As a result, he becamefamous for his incidental music for the Tempest and his Irish Symphony. He, therefore,began collaborating with the poet W. S. Gilbert in the 1870s. Rather than focuson serious opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, in contrast, concentrated on comicopera such as H. M. S. Pinafore, the Pirates of Penzance, and the Mikado. Therefore,certainly as a result of his education and experience, Sullivan composed atotal of 24 operas, 11 symphonic works, 10 choral pieces. Even more, he wrote alarge number of noteworthy hymns such as “Onward Christian Soldiers”.

Lost Chord

The general style of his music is maybesimilar to Mendelssohn, Schumann, and perhaps Liszt. It seemslike Sullivan was fond of writing distinct melodies for each character in hisoperettas. His melodies combine together as the characters did. Furthermore, hewas a master orchestrator, and therefore played the flute, clarinet, trumpet,and trombone fluently.

The Lost Chord

Sullivan wrote his most noteworthysong the Lost Chord in 1877. As a result, it was a great success and was certainlyperformed all over the world by a variety of singers such as Enrico Caruso. BecauseSullivan was the most famous composer in England, the Lost Chord became themost famous of all British or American songs of the 1870s and 1890s. Consequently,in 1888 Thomas Edison recorded The Lost Chord for the phonograph. It was one ofthe first songs ever recorded. Furthermore, Queen Victoria knighted Sullivan in1883.

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