Arthur Sullivan

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Birthday
13, 1842
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 22, 1900 (58)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
13, 1842
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 22, 1900 (58)

About

Second half of Gilbert & Sullivan whose works include 15 popular operas. He wrote the music for the famous 19th-century English hymn "Onward, Christian Soldiers."

Before Fame

His talent with musical instruments was evident at a young age. He composed the anthem "By the Waters of Babylon" when he was eight.

Trivia

His first opera with W.S. Gilbert was "Thespis" from 1871, followed by "Trial by Jury" from 1875. Their collaborations were so popular and profitable that the Savoy Theatre was built in 1881 specifically to stage them, leading their works to be known as the Savoy operas.

Family Life

He had many love affairs despite never marrying, including one with American socialite Mary Frances Ronalds.

Associated With

He was influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach.