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Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!: The Enduring Phenomenon of Gilbert and Sullivan

Ian Bradley


This book explores the world of Gilbert and Sullivan over the last four and a half decades, looking at the way the ‘phenomenon’ they started was passed from generation to generation. Taking as the starting point the expiry of copyright on the opera libretti at the end of 1961, and using hitherto unpublished archive material, the book reveals the story of the last years of the old D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the guardian of Savoy tradition for over a hundred years, and the troubled history of its successor. The book explores the rich vein of parodies, spoofs, and spin-offs of the songs, as well ... More

Keywords: Gilbert and Sullivan, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, Savoy tradition, parodies, spoofs, spin-offs, G & S

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195328943
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Bradley, author
St Andrews University