Compositions by Arthur Sullivan: The Absent-Minded Beggar, the Golden Legend, the Martyr of Antioch, Nearer, My God, to Thee
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Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Release Date: August 13, 2011
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 33. Chapters: The Absent-Minded Beggar, The Golden Legend, The Martyr of Antioch, Nearer, My God, to Thee, The Masque at Kenilworth, The Lost Chord, The Light of the World, The Prodigal Son, Onward, Christian Soldiers, Te Deum Laudamus, The Foresters, The Tempest, Festival Te Deum, Symphony in E, The Window, Cello Concerto, On Shore and Sea, Overture di Ballo, List of musical compositions by Arthur Sullivan, The Long Day Closes, Overture in C, "In Memoriam." Excerpt: "The Absent-Minded Beggar" is an 1899 poem by Rudyard Kipling, set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and often accompanied by an illustration by Richard Caton Woodville. The song was written as part of an appeal by the Daily Mail to raise money for soldiers fighting in the South African War (sometimes known as the Boer War) and their families. The fund was the first such charitable effort for a war. The chorus of the song exhorted its audience to "pass the hat for your credit's sake, and pay- pay- pay!" The patriotic poem and song caused a sensation and were constantly performed throughout the war and beyond. Kipling was offered a knighthood shortly after publication of the poem but declined the honour. Vast numbers of copies of the poem and sheet music were published, and large quantities of related merchandise were sold to aid the charity. The "Absent-Minded Beggar Fund" was an unprecedented success and raised a total of more than 250,000. In September 1899, it was clear that the crisis in South Africa was likely to turn into war. By 2 October, all military leave had been cancelled, and urgent preparations were under way to send a large expeditionary force to the Cape, with horses and supplies being requisitioned and mobilised. On 7 October, a proclamation was issued calling out the Army Reserve. Of 65,000 liable men, around 25,000 were intended to be called up for ...