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The overture, like most of the music of Thespis, has been lost. However, some contemporary commentators considered it to be similar to Thady O'Flinn, a song with words by W. S. Gilbert.
The reviewer of The Standard (30th December 1871), speaking of the original production writes: "The Overture is the least satisfactory portion of the work. As it could not be intended to be original, we need not take the trouble of characterising it; it is sufficient to say the subject reminds us of Mr Molloy's popular song 'Thaddy O'Flinn' and might well be eliminated."
Vanity Fair reported that "Mr Sullivan's overture is scarcely worthy of him."
Selwyn Tillett and Roderic Spencer chose the "Dance of Nymphs & Satyrs" from L'ile Enchantee for the overture in their reconstruction of Thespis, but they also note that the opening chorus of Pirates, including its introduction and solo verses, might also fit the description. The solo verses "share a rhythmic and structural similarity with Thady."
At Goolah fair, I saw you there
There, go your ways, yourself to plaze,
Now Thady dear, come sit ye here,
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