Princess Ida - Chorus Practice

Photo: Stuart Albert,2011

Choral parts are played back using a clarinet sound, while accompaniment and principal parts are played on a piano sound. Constantly full dynamics and mostly steady tempos are used for pitch-drilling purposes.

For each number, listen at first and sing along with the sound file for your individual part until you are confident. The part file includes your choral part played prominently, along with accompaniment and principals' vocal lines at lower volume. Then try the Tutti file to see if you can hold to your part when all choral parts are playing at full volume. Work back and forth between part and Tutti as needed.

Page numbering corresponds to the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive Edition (ed. Paul Howarth, available from For the subdivisions of the Act I and Act II Finales, you may wish to turn to the page and find the lyric as noted in the Excerpt column before starting the sound file.

How would you like to access the sound files?

Online: To hear each sound file, click the Tutti button or a vocal part button next to the title of the excerpt you wish to hear. The three buttons on the left side of the audio player (upper right corner of page) allow you to play, pause, and stop the selection. Volume control is located on the right side of the player. You may make another selection during play. The new selection will start playing in place of the previous one.

Act I

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
1. 4 Search Throughout the Panorama 2:31
2. 12 Now Hearken to My Strict Command 1:39
4. 24 From the Distant Panorama 0:52
5. 27 We Are Warriors Three 2:44
6. 35 If You Give Me Your Attention
*Tutti full length, parts abridged





7. 41 Finale Act I: P'raps If You Address the Lady 1:56
45   (cont'd) Expressive Glances 2:43
54   (cont'd) For a Month to Dwell 1:49

Act II

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
8. 63 Towards the Empyrean Heights 3:31
9. 72 Mighty Maiden with a Mission 1:11
10a. 79 And Thus To Empyrean Height 0:37
18. 142 Merrily Ring the Luncheon Bell 1:32
20. 154 Finale: Act II: Oh, Joy! Our Chief Is Sav'd 3:59
162   (cont'd) Walls and Fences Scaling 5:26
178   (cont'd) To Yield at Once 2:19


# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
21. 187 Death to the Invader 2:56
23. 201 Whene'er I Spoke Sarcastic Joke
*Tutti full length, SA Unison abridged



24. 208 When Anger Spreads His Wing 1:15
25. 213 This Helmet, I Suppose 2:22
26. 219 This Is Our Duty Plain 0:44
27. 224 Finale: Act III: With Joy Abiding 1:52

Download the sound files to your computer:

Click one of the following buttons to download the .zip file for your chorus part. (Please note that the includes both the Tenor 1 and Tenor 2 parts for #24 "When Anger Spreads His Wings." Similarly, the contains Bass 1 and Bass 2 for this number. Be careful during study that you are listening to the correct divided part.)

Also download the Tutti .zip file. You will need this set of files too.

In a some cases, the Tutti file stands in place of a part file for unison singing. Playlists in the part .zip may be missing one or more numbers if the Tutti download is omitted.

For more information about saving and unzipping these downloads, please read Tips for Downloading the Practice Files. Use your browser's "back" button to return here.

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