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Some thoughts about Sir Arthur Sullivan and his work. Sullivan's achievements in the realm of serious music. Sullivan's religious music, including the popular "Onward Christian Soldiers." The strain of Sullivan's busy life and demands of his body for rest which led to his suffering from kidney stones. How Gilbert and Sullivan came to meet and later to collaborate. The success of the partnership. Some anecdotes. The cause of the rift that occurred between Gilbert and Sullivan. Words from a letter from Sullivan to Gilbert. A reconciliation of sorts. Some concluding words about Sullivan's work.
A brief history or Gilbert. Something of Gilbert's early life and education in law. Gilbert's first literary efforts. Excerpts from various of Gilbert's works. Ways in which Gilbert's work flows out of his early experiences, with examples. Some characteristics of Gilbert. Some stories which serve to illustrate the man. A trick played by Gilbert on a Shakespearean pundit, whose solemnity bored him. The circumstances surrounding Gilbert's death.