The Pirates of Penzance - Chorus Practice

Mabel, Pirate King, Major-General, Ruth, Frederic
Photo: Joe Cohn, 2013

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 G. Schirmer edition (ed. Bryceson Treharne).

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. 13 Pour, O Pour the Pirate Sherry 1:39
3. 22 Oh, Better Far to Live and Die 2:20
5. 34 Climbing Over Rocky Mountain 3:45
6. 43 Stop, Ladies, Pray! 1:02
7. 45 Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast 3:25
8. 51 Poor Wandering One! 2:33
9. 57 What Ought We To Do 0:40
10. 59 How Beautifully Blue the Sky 2:33
11. 67 Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses 1:34
12. 72 Hold, Monsters! 0:47
13. 74 I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
*Tutti full length, parts abridged





14. 84 Finale Act I: Oh, Men of Dark and Dismal Fate 7:43

Act II

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
15. 114 Oh, Dry the Glistening Tear 3:00
17. 119 When the Foeman Bares His Steel 4:48
23. 168 No, I Am Brave! 1:20
24. 173 When a Felon's Not Engaged 1:53
25. 177 A Rollicking Band of Pirates We 0:48
26. 180 With Cat-Like Tread Upon Our Prey We Steal 2:42
27. 187 Hush, Hush! Not a Word 1:07
28. 189
Finale Act II: Sighing Softly to the River
*Sop., Alto: Now What Is This and What Is That







Download the sound files to your computer

Click one of the following buttons to download the .zip file for your chorus 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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