Lost Chords and Christian Soldiers
Arthur Sullivan is best known as W. S. Gilbert's collaborator in the Savoy Operas, However, Sullivan was far from being simply a composer of light operettas. At the height of his fame and popularity in late Victorian Britain, Sullivan was...
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Arthur Sullivan is best known as W. S. Gilbert's collaborator in the Savoy Operas, However, Sullivan was far from being simply a composer of light operettas. At the height of his fame and popularity in late Victorian Britain, Sullivan was regarded as the nation's leading composer of sacred oratorios on a par with Mendelssohn and Brahms.
Yet despite his contemporary popularity and enduring legacy, little attention has been given to Sullivan's sacred work. The last twenty years have seen a considerable revival of interest in and critical appreciation for this aspect of Sullivan's work. Lost Chords and Christian Soldiers provides the first detailed, comprehensive, critical study and review of Sullivan's church and sacred music.
As well as exploring issues of repertoire and ecclesiology involved in these and other formative influences and experiences, consideration will be given to how far Sullivan's own personal beliefs and faith influenced his settings of sacred texts and the extent to which his own spiritual and theological leaning are expressed in his choice of material and style of setting. Sullivan's motivation in setting religious texts will be probed and comparison will be made with the motivation, output and approach of his closest contemporaries in this field, most notably Stainer.
Ian Bradley (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Reader in Church History and Practical Theology at the University of St Andrews. A regular broadcaster and journalist, he has written over 30 books, including The Call To Seriousness, Enlightened Entrepreneurs, Abide With Me, The Penguin Book of Hymns, God is Green and The Celtic Way. He teaches and publishes in the areas of contemporary British Christianity, Celtic Christianity, worship, hymnody, religion and popular culture and pastoral care.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- Preface And Acknowledgments1. Things Are Seldom What They Seem: Changing Views Of Sullivan’s Sacred Music 2. Are You In Sentimental Mood? The Religious, Cultural And Musical Context 3. When I First Put This Uniform On: Sullivan’s Upbringing And Formative Years 4. They Only Suffer Dr Watts’ Hymns: Hymn Tunes And Arrangements 5. Ballads, Songs And Snatches: Sacred Ballads And Part-songs 6. They Sing Choruses In Public: Oratorios And Cantatas 7. For All Our Faults, We Love Our Queen: Anthems And Other Liturgical Pieces 8. I Hear The Soft Note: Spiritual Echoes In Sullivan’s Secular Works 9. Conclusion: All Hail, All Hail, Divine Emollient Appendix 1 List Of Hymn Tunes Appendix 2 Alternative Lyrics For ‘onward, Christian Soldiers’ Appendix 3 Sullivan’s Possible Involvement In St Clement Appendix 4 Sullivan’s Sacred Songs Appendix 5 The Prodigal Son: Musical Numbers And Biblical Sources Appendix 6 The Light Of The World: Musical Numbers And Biblical Sources Appendix 7 Sullivan’s Anthems And Liturgical Pieces Notes Select Bibliography Select Discography Index