Gilbert and Sullivan Arias
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
For two flutes and piano
Arranged by David Overton for Sir James Galway
Published by Southern Music Co.
Includes 1 piano score and 1 score for the flute parts
Dance a Cachucha (Gondoliers)
If We're Weak Enough to Tarry (Iolanthe)
None Shall Part Us from Each Other (Iolanthe)
We're Called Gondolieri (Gondoliers)
I first came across the wonderful Gilbert & Sullivan operettas when, many years ago, I played in the Sadler's Wells Opera orchestra, which later became the English National Opera.
I often equate playing the flute to singing, and I love good tunes, with which the G&S operettas abound. So, it's not surprising that in conjunction with my arranger David Overton, I should choose to compile an album of some of the songs.
I have not included songs which, like the 'patter songs' are particularly dependent on the wit of Gilbert's words, but rather on those where the beauty of the melody is such that I don't see why we cannot take advantage of them just as the singers do!
I hope you will enjoy playing them as much as I do.
-Sir James Galway