List of compositions by Arthur Sullivan

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Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

The following is a list of musical works by the English composer Arthur Sullivan, best known for his operatic collaborations with W. S. Gilbert. In all, Sullivan's artistic output included 23 operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios, two ballets, one song cycle, incidental music to several plays, numerous hymns and other church pieces, and a large body of songs, parlour ballads, part songs, carols, and piano and chamber pieces.[1]

Sullivan began to compose music at an early age. His first known composition, By the Waters of Babylon, dates from when he was eight years old. While a member of the prestigious boys' choir of the Chapel Royal, with the support of the choirmaster, Thomas Helmore, Sullivan composed several more anthems, and one of these, O, Israel, was Sullivan's first published composition, in 1855.[2] Sullivan attended the Royal Academy of Music from 1856 to 1858 and the Leipzig Conservatoire in Germany from 1858 to 1861.[3] As his graduation piece, Sullivan composed a set of incidental music to Shakespeare's The Tempest.[3] Revised and expanded, it was performed at the Crystal Palace in 1862 and was an immediate sensation. He began building a reputation as England's most promising young composer.[4]

Sullivan continued to compose throughout his life. At his death at age 58, he left unfinished a comic opera, The Emerald Isle, completed by Edward German and produced in 1901, and his Te Deum Laudamus, written to commemorate the end of the Second Boer War, which was performed posthumously.[5]

Theatre music[edit]


A scene from Trial by Jury as illustrated in the magazine Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of 1 May 1875
Illustration of scene from Ivanhoe in The Graphic, 1891

Incidental music to plays[edit]

Sullivan at 18, in Leipzig
Embossed cover of the score
Sheet music

Ballets and song cycle[edit]

Choral works with orchestra[edit]

Orchestral works[edit]

Other works[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs, Arthur. "Sullivan, Sir Arthur," Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, accessed 19 August 2011 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Howarth, Paul. "Sir Arthur Sullivan as a Church Musician", The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, 30 August 2011, accessed 30 June 2016
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, pp. 17–24
  4. ^ Lawrence, Arthur H. "An Illustrated interview with Sir Arthur Sullivan", The Strand Magazine, vol. xiv, No. 84, December 1897
  5. ^ Howarth, Paul. "Te Deum Laudamus, A Thanksgiving for Victory", the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, 12 January 2010, accessed 28 August 2011
  6. ^ "Imperial March", The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, 11 September, 2010, accessed 30 June 2016