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Pirates of Penzance, The Musical Lyrics

Pirates of Penzance, The description

The official premiere of the musical took place in December 1879 in New York, and immediately won the audience’s hearts. In January 1880, this histrionics’ composer A. Sullivan wrote in a letter to his mother that more successful dialogues to his music than wrote W. S. Gilbert, would be impossible to imagine. He also mentioned that the musical certainly would attract a lot of spectators & would remain in their hearts. The prediction has come true soon, because Carte Opera Company made a tour that overcame all expectations.

After several successful productions in the US, the musical was staged in London in April 1880 with total of 363 performances. The Pirates of Penzance remains one of the most successful works of Sullivan & Gilbert.

Critics enthusiastically met both London and New York productions, noting that the caricature of Major-General as if was copied from the popular General of that time Garnet Wolseley. But biographer M. Ainger had a different opinion. He believed that the prototype of Major-General was general H. Turner – uncle of spouse of author of lyrics for this piece W. S. Gilbert. However, Gilbert himself did not like his uncle, calling him a general of the old school. In the London production, the actor playing the role of Major-General, to imitate G. Wolseley, copied the shape of his mustache. General Wolseley himself admitted to reporters that was not offended by the caricature, and in the circle of relatives often sang a merry song: ‘I am the very model of a modern Major-General…’
Release date: 1998
Last Update:July, 06th 2016


Pirates of Penzance, The Lyrics

  1. Act 1
  2. Pour, O Pour the Pirate Sherry Lyrics
  3. When Frederic Was a Little Lad Lyrics
  4. Oh, Better Far to Live and Die Lyrics
  5. Oh! False One, You Have Deceived Me Lyrics
  6. Climbing over Rocky Mountain Lyrics
  7. Stop, Ladies, Pray! Lyrics
  8. Oh Is There Not One Maiden Breast? Lyrics
  9. Poor Wandering One Lyrics
  10. What Ought We to Do? Lyrics
  11. How Beautifully Blue the Sky Lyrics
  12. Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses Lyrics
  13. Hold, Monsters! Lyrics
  14. I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General Lyrics
  15. Finale Act I Lyrics
  16. Act 2
  17. Oh, Dry the Glistening Tear Lyrics
  18. Now, Frederic, Let Your Escort Lion-Hearted When the Foeman Bares His Steel Lyrics
  19. Now for the Pirates' Lair! Lyrics
  20. When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold Lyrics
  21. Away, Away! My Heart's on Fire Lyrics
  22. All Is Prepared / Stay, Frederic, Stay! Lyrics
  23. No, I'll be brave Lyrics
  24. When a Felon's Not Engaged in His Employment Lyrics
  25. A Rollicking Ban of Pirates We Lyrics
  26. With Cat-Like Tread Lyrics
  27. Hush, Hush! Not a Word / Sighing Softly to the River Lyrics
  28. Finale Lyrics

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