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Sir Arthur Sullivan The sun, whose rays are all ablaze (for Wind Quintet)

A beautiful aria from one of the

most popular of the Savoy Operas...








Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 – 1900), together with the dramatist and librettist Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, created a series of unique operas for Richard D'Oyly Carte’s Savoy Theatre in London, nearly all of which have become famous across the globe. Arguably the most popular of them all, ‘The Mikado’, contains what is (equally arguably) Sullivan’s most beautiful aria, ‘The sun, whose rays are all ablaze’, the heroine Yum-Yum’s hymn of praise to, well, to herself. It is a simple, eloquent, and supremely assured portrait of a young woman in full possession of her own beauty, and, what is more, unashamedly enjoying the moment. And, as the late Barry Norman was wont to say, why not?


Instrumentation:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

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