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Published: 08 April 2021

240 Pages


ISBN: 9780198863267

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Arthur Sullivan

A Life of Divine Emollient

Ian Bradley

Spiritual Lives

  • This biography reveals how important spiritual factors and influences were to Arthur Sullivan's life and work
  • Explores his rich corpus of sacred pieces, which includes the best-selling Victorian parlour ballad 'The Lost Chord' and the tune of 'Onward, Christian Soldiers'
  • Identifies the huge importance of Sullivan's intense friendship with George Grove, founder of the famous musical dictionary and leading Biblical scholar based on hitherto unpublished or un-noticed letters and diary entries
  • Illuminates a little known side to Britain's best-known and most popular composer, whose serious music is now being rediscovered and reappreciated after more than a century of neglect