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EN 2140
Aleksandar Lukac

EN 2140 Lecture February 29, 2012 Topsy Turvy The Mikado, or the Town of Titipu W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. • "Schwenk" Gilbert (1836-1911) wrote the libretto. His father was a doctor. • Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) wrote the music. Considered England's great musical hope. His father was a bandmaster (1, 390,470). • Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901) was the impressar: founded the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the Savoy theater and eventually the Savoy hotel. The Savoy Theater • Home of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. It was located on the site of a former palace (during chaucer's time) then a hospital during the Tudor period. • The invention of gas lighting in 1803, and then in 1881, Richard D'Oyly Carte made the Savoy theater the first The Trivial • Licensing Act, 1737: censorship and the lord Chamberlain • How can the trivial become interesting or even political? (a questions shall ask next week, when we read the importance of being earnest, "a trivial comedy for serious people"). Also john gay: "we know these things to be nothing" • So check out the names! The plot! o The names are silly - titipoo as an example; they're foolish and childlike, and not authentically Japanese. The circumstances of the composition • Return to imperial rule in japan • International exhibition of 1862 • The executioner's sword! • Authentic fabric and costumes sent from Japan by algernon Mitford, the English ambassador to japan • "on many a vase and jar,
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