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Date Sep 10, 2011 - Oct 14, 2012
Location SACAM, 236 Harding Band Bldg, 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign
Cost No Cost
Sponsor Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Contact Scott Schwartz
Phone 217-244-9309
Event type Exhibit
Views 97084
Originating Calendar Library Calendar

The works of Gilbert and Sullivan were widely appropriated by composers such as John Philip Sousa, who produced full arrangements of The Sorcerer (1878) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1879). They were also imitated in such productions as Reginald de Koven’s Robin Hood (1891) and John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan (1896). While Sousa remains best known for his many spirited march melodies, he is less recognized for his contributions to American musical theatre, which earned him as much public praise as his new marches. This exhibit highlights Sousa’s often overlooked contributions to early musical theatre through his arrangements of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer (1878) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1879) as well as his own Desiree (1883), El Capitan (1895) and The American Maid (1909), the first operetta to utilize motion picture film and actual glass blowers as part of its 1913 production.

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