Posts tagged ‘Sullivan’

March 3, 2012

Gilbert & Sullivan – Iolanthe

This week, I’m playing in Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society‘s production of G&S’s Iolanthe, at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.

As with most G&S operettas, there’s not a lot to worry the bassists, apart from a few little bits. These excerpts are all from Act 1 (but one of them is repeated in Act 2, Sullivan being an eco-friendly composer, recycling material throughout…)

06a – Entrance of the Chancellor

The cello/bass department kicks off the fugue here – it’s brisk-ish, but the notes just don’t quite lie under the fingers.

This figure is repeated in Act 2 at the start of Number 7 (Recit & Song)

10 – Song

This next little riff occurs twice in each verse…:

11 – Recit

How are your scales?


Did you play a G at the end? Look again.

13 – Finale

The finale to Act 1 contains this passage to delight – it’s a long first half, and this is near the end of a long Finale. ’nuff said.

(While preparing this, I noticed that the last note of the first bar of the second line may be a C – it’s difficult to tell from the part – and I can’t remember what the Truth actually is…)

Advertisements
March 6, 2010

Mikado excerpts

Probably a bit late for my own use, given that the run has started, but the following two little corners would repay inspection.

Firstly, from the “Wand’ring Minstrel” number near the beginning of Act 1, a tricky little semiquaver passage.

The other passage is from the Finale to Act 1.  It’s quite exposed, and it is in unison with the rest of the strings, which may (or may not) make it easier.

That’s it in terms of tricky note passages.  The rest of the problems are caused by the times being pulled around, but, as the notes themselves aren’t so bad, it’s easy enough to keep watching the conductor!

One performance down, eight to go.