The Yeomen of the Guard (Sullivan, Arthur)

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Performer Pages Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust (company)
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Hilary Norris (stage director)
Michael Andrewes (conductor/musical director)
Sydney Manowitz (concertmaster)
Martin Kidd (Sir Richard Cholmondeley)
Stephen Brown (Colonel Fairfax)
Derek Miller (Jack Point)
Emma Fraser (Elsie Maynard)
Bruce McMillan (Sergeant Meryll)
Sandra Shaw Bennett (Dame Carruthers)
Julian Anderson (Wilfred Shadbolt)
Jane Robertson (Phoebe Meryll)
David Holmes (Leonard Meryll)
Nadya Shaw Bennett (Kate)
Nadine Kemp (Apprentice Strolling Player)
Nick Beckwith (Apprentice Strolling Player)
Rob Eton (The Headsman)
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Performer Pages Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (chorus)
Pro Arte Orchestra (orchestra)
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
Denis Dowling (Sir Richard Cholmondeley)
Richard Lewis (Colonel Fairfax)
John Carol Case (Sergeant Meryll)
Alexander Young (Leonard Meryll)
Geraint Evans (Jack Point)
Owen Brannigan (Wilfred Shadbolt)
Alexander Young (First Yeoman)
John Cameron (Second Yeoman)
Elsie Morison (Elsie Maynard)
Marjorie Thomas (Phoebe Meryll)
Monica Sinclair (Dame Carruthers)
Doreen Hume (Kate)
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Misc. Notes Recorded December 10–14, 1957. Identification of performers may be erroneous on CD reissues, indicating (instead of as given above, which should be correct) that John Cameron is Sgt. Meryll and John Carol Case is the Second Yeoman, against voice type.
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31 more: When maiden loves • Tower warders, under orders • When our gallant Norman foes • Alas, I waver to and fro • Is life a boon? • Here's a man of jollity • I have a song to sing, O! • How say you, maiden • I've jibe and joke • 'Tis done — I am a bride • Where I thy bride • Oh, Sergeant Meryll, is it true? • Didst thou not, oh Leonard Meryll • Leonard, I beg your pardon • To thy fraternal care • The prisoner comes to meet her doom • My Lord, my Lord • Night has spread her pall once more • A private buffoon is a light-hearted loon • Hereupon we both agreed • Free from his fetters grim • Strange adventure • Hark, what was that, sir? • Like a ghost his vigil keeping • A man who would woo a fair maid • When a wooer goes a-wooing • Rapture, rapture! • Comes the pretty young bride • Hold, pretty one • Oh, thoughtless crew • Orchestral selections

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Performer Pages Robert Radford (Sir Richard Cholmondeley/Wilfred Shadbolt/Second Yeoman)
Edward Halland (Sir Richard Cholmondeley)
Derek Oldham (Colonel Fairfax)
Peter Dawson (Sergeant Meryll/Second Yeoman)
George Baker (Sergeant Meryll/Jack Point)
Ernest Pike (Leonard Meryll/First Yeoman)
Violet Essex (Elsie Maynard)
Nellie Walker (Phoebe Meryll)
Ruby Heyl (Phoebe Meryll)
Edna Thornton (Dame Carruthers)
Bessie Jones (Kate)
Sarah Jones (chorus member)
Walter Glynne (chorus member)
Publisher Info. HMV, 1920.
Performers The soloists sing the chorus parts when not performing in their solo roles. It is not entirely clear what the division of parts is, but a list of performers per side is given by Mark Shepherd.
Reissue F. Reeder, 2012.
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Scores

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1888.
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Misc. Notes Royal College of Music Library, London (GB-Lcm): MS 605
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Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.
Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, n.d.(1933-70). Catalog A3146.
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell / D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.(ca.1920).
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell & Co., n.d.(ca.1888). Plate 18,577.
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Arranger Joseph H. Wadsworth (fl.1885-1900), piano reduction
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell & Co., n.d.(after 1911). Plate 18577.
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Publisher. Info. New York: Schirmer, 1954. Plate 42192.
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General Information

Work Title The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and his Maid
Alternative. Title Operetta in Two Acts
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 84
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts:
Overture
  • Act I
1. "When maiden loves, she sits and sighs" (Phœbe)
1a. "When jealous torments rack my soul" (Wilfred) – see "Cut music"
2. "Tower warders, under orders" (Crowd and Yeomen, solo Second Yeoman)
3. "When our gallant Norman foes" (Dame Carruthers and Yeomen)
3a. "A laughing boy but yesterday" (Meryll); – see "Cut music"
4. "Alas! I waver to and fro" (Phœbe, Leonard and Meryll)
5. "Is life a boon?" (Fairfax)
6. "Here's a man of jollity" (Chorus)
7. "I have a song to sing, O!" (or, "The Merryman and his Maid") (Point, Elsie, and chorus)
8. "How say you, maiden, will you wed?" (Lieutenant, Elsie, Point)
9. "I've jibe and joke" (Point)
10. "'Tis done! I am a bride!" (Elsie)
11. "Were I thy bride" (Phœbe)
12. Finale Act I (Ensemble)
"Oh, Sergeant Meryll, is it true?"
"To thy fraternal care, thy sister I commend"
"The pris'ner comes to meet his doom"
"M'lord, m'lord.... As escort for the prisoner"
"All frenzied, frenzied with despair they rave"
  • Act II
13. "Night has spread her pall once more" (People, Dame Carruthers, Yeomen)
14. "Oh! a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon" (Point)
15. "Hereupon we're both agreed" (Point and Wilfred)
16. "Free from his fetters grim" (Fairfax)
17. "Strange adventure" (Kate, Dame Carruthers, Fairfax, Meryll)
18. "Hark! What was that, sir?" ... "Like a ghost his vigil keeping"
(Meryll, Fairfax, Lieutenant, Wilfred, Point, Ensemble)
19. "A man who would woo a fair maid" (Fairfax, Elsie, Phœbe)
20. "When a wooer goes a-wooing" (Elsie, Fairfax, Phœbe, Point)
21. "Rapture, rapture" (Dame Carruthers, Sergeant Meryll)
22. Finale Act II (Ensemble)
"Comes the pretty young bride"
"Oh, day of terror!"
"Leonard, my loved one, come to me"
"I have a song to sing, O!"
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1887-88
First Performance. 1888-10-03 — London, Savoy Theatre
First Publication. 1888 – London: Chappell & Co.
Librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra
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Cast
Sir Richard Cholmondeley (pronounced Chum'lee), Lieutenant of the Tower (baritone)
Colonel Fairfax, under sentence of death (tenor)
Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen of the Guard (bass-baritone)
Leonard Meryll, his son (tenor)
Jack Point, a strolling jester (comic baritone)
Wilfred Shadbolt, Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor (bass-baritone or baritone)
The Headsman (silent)
First Yeoman (tenor)
Second Yeoman (baritone)
Third Yeoman (tenor) – see "Cut music"
Fourth Yeoman (bass) – see "Cut music"
First Citizen (speaking/chorus)
Second Citizen (speaking/chorus)
Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer (soprano)
Phœbe Meryll, Sergeant Meryll's daughter (mezzo-soprano)
Dame Carruthers, Housekeeper to the Tower (contralto)
Kate, her niece (soprano)

Mixed Chorus (SATB)

Chorus of Yeomen Warders, Gentlemen, Citizens, etc.

Orchestra

2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
2 horns, 2 cornets, 3 trombones
timpani, triangle, bass drum, cymbals, strings
Related Works Pieces based on 'The Yeomen of the Guard'
Discography Gilbert & Sullivan Discography
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