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Lost Chords and Christian Soldiers: The Sacred Music of Arthur Sullivan Hardcover – 31 Jul 2013


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press; First Edition edition (31 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334044219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334044215
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Bradley is an academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. He is the editor of the Daily Telegraph Book of Hymns and the Daily Telegraph Book of Carols.

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Ian Bradley's pioneering book is a most welcome reassessment of an aspect of Sir Arthur Sullivan's career that so often has been overlooked by his biographers: his sacred music. New light is shed on his formative years as a chorister at the Chapel Royal, and greater attention is given to an understanding of Sullivan the believer in the Christian message, the choir boy who admired plainchant and madrigals, the fine tradition of 16th century English music, Handel oratorios and the influences that his many friends and colleagues within the church had upon ALL his compositions, even to the Savoy Operas themselves, which George Bernard Shaw remarked were 'churchy'. He demonstrates that, for the first 30 years of Sullivan's life, so, almost preceding the phenomenal success of the so-called Savoy operas, Sullivan was not only extremely productive, but that aside from overtures and a symphony, he produced a great deal of sacred music, hundreds of hymns, anthems, part-songs, and other liturgical pieces. Bradley endeavours to understand the religious and societal atmosphere in which Sullivan was brought up; to explain the young Sullivan's brilliance at working within the limits given him by the demands of the burgeoning middle-class for whom respectability and sentiment were not barriers to him writing them highly singable music; and to produce a balanced view of the scorn and vitriolic criticism that was heaped upon Sullivan throughout the twentieth century for not being a "serious" composer in the mould of a Beethoven, Brahms or Wagner.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GT on 30 Jan. 2014
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As an admirer of the music of Arthur Sullivan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which provided a fascinating insight into aspects of his development and personality which are not widely known. I have also expanded my collection of his non-comic opera music and the book helps to put this into perspective in the context of his life and output.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry on 29 Jan. 2014
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An excellent book and not just for the Sullivan enthusiast. Very good read indeed. Recommended. One that you can "dip into" as well.
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Knowledge of Sullivan's Output Expanded 7 Oct. 2013
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A neglected subject. Some of the topics, particularly the chapter on hymns, will be a mite tedious for those of us non-church going types more interested in concert music but it's still a very rewarding book for fans of Sullivan's music beyond the collaboration with Gilbert. It will whet the appetite for more professional recordings of some of these works; I'd say especially The Martyr of Antioch, though Symposium has a fairly decent CD of it.
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Intriguing insight into the inner Sir Arthur 7 Feb. 2014
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I am really enjoying the book. Bradley takes up parts of Sullivan's life that have often been handled dismissively and thereby fleshes out the man in unexpected ways.
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