Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
The Prodigal Son
The Words Selected Entirely from
The Holy Scriptures
The Music Composed by
Arthur S. Sullivan
First performed at the Worcester Music Festival on Wednesday 8th September, 1869
Preface, by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Historical Note by Paul Howarth
Reviews of the first performance from The Times, 9th September 1869 and 11th September 1869.
Review of a performance at the Gloucester Muiscal Festival, 1889.
Libretto, submitted to the G&S Archive by Ian Bond
Source of Scores:
- The Vocal Score can be downloaded as a set of zipped pdf files.
- IMSLP: Vocal Score [Boosey & Co., 1869] may be downloaded as a PDF file.
There is also a copy of Schirmer's edition.
- Full orchestral/conducting score of The Prodigal Son and complete orchestral material is published by The Amber Ring.
- Vocal scores and libretti of The Prodigal Son may also be rented from St. David's Players of Cullompton,
Exeter, England. Send queries to Ian Bond at Ian@kentisview.freeserve.co.uk.
We have a complete set of MIDI Files, submitted to the G&S Archive by
| No. 2.||CHORUS: There is joy|
|No. 3.||TENOR SOLO: A certain man had two sons|
|No. 4.||BASS RECIT. & ARIA: My son, attend to my words|
| No. 5.||SOPRANO RECIT.:And the younger son|
|No. 6.||TENOR SOLO & CHORUS: Let us eat and drink|
|No. 7.||CONTRALTO RECIT. & CHORUS: Woe unto them|
|No. 8.||CONTRALTO SONG: Love not the world|
|No. 9.||SOPRANO RECIT: And when he had spent all|
|No. 10.||SOPRANO ARIA: O that thou hadst hearkened|
|No. 11.||TENOR ARIA: How many hired servants|
|No. 12.||CHORUS: There is joy|
||SOPRANO RECIT.: And he arose...
TENOR & BASS DUET: Father, I have sinned
|No. 14.||BASS RECIT. & ARIA: Bring forth the best robe|
|No. 15.||CHORUS: O that men would praise the Lord|
||TENOR RECIT.: No chastening for the present...ARIA: Come, ye children
|No. 17.||UNACCOMPANIED QUARTETT: The Lord is nigh|
|No. 18||CHORUS: Thou, O Lord, art our Father|
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