Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
THE VICAR OF BRAY
NOTES ON THE LIBRETTO
by Cliff Coles
The text of The Vicar of Bray reproduced here has two major sources, the vocal score and the libretto, both published by Joseph Williams in 1892.
The vocal score also includes several short numbers serving as entrance or exit music. Three of these (nos. 17a, 24a, and 24b) consist of music of less that 20 measures.
A note in the vocal score dedicates Nelly Bly's entrance dance (no. 15) to Misses Maggie and Kate Saville Clarke.
The vocal score of The Vicar of Bray is available in the microforms collection British Drama of the 19th Century on both microfiche and micro-opaque cards. The opera itself is listed under author Sydney Grundy. The collection is not widely available, but some institutions do lend the cards. Contact the Inter-Library Loan office at your library.
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