Colin Jagger, Director of Music at the University of Portsmouth, has completed six years of painstaking research to produce a critical edition of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring operettas, The Yeomen of the Guard published by Oxford University Press.
Drawing on original manuscripts, first editions, and the 2012 discovery of the original New York orchestra parts, the new score presents all of the music that was or might have been performed during the first production in 1888-89.
This is Oxford University Press’s largest music publication in over 15 years, comprising a 420-page full score, 20,000-word critical commentary, 210-page vocal score, and hire materials including a set of 20 orchestral parts, reduced orchestration and parts, and concert version. It has already drawn the attention of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, and promises to become the standard edition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s finest work.
Full and vocal scores will be available to purchase at Blackwell’s on 11 November (special event prices will apply).
Everyone is welcome to attend Colin’s book launch where refreshments will be provided.
The book has already drawn the attention of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, and promises to become the standard edition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s finest work.
UoP Press article