Sir Arthur Sullivan: His Life and Music

  • Benjamin W. Findon


It will be remembered that, a few months before leaving Leipzig, Sullivan wrote, in a letter to his mother: ‘My great hobby is still conducting. I have been told by many of the masters here that I was born to be a conductor.’ To the youthful musician there is ever something peculiarly attractive in controlling an orchestra. Apart from the feeling of command and the sense of power it gives, there is the keen artistic pleasure to be derived from intimate association with the interpretation and direction of the works of the great masters.


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    Sir Joseph Barnby (1838–96) led the Albert Hall Choral Society from 1873 until his death; he was a composer primarily of vocal music intended for performance in churches. Perhaps his most important single production was that of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with full orchestra and chorus, in St Paul’s Cathedral (6 April 1871).Google Scholar

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