The Sorcerer - Chorus Practice

Alexis, Aline and Wells

For each number, begin with the file corresponding to your choral part. Listen and sing along with the individual part file until you are confident. The part file isolates your choral part played prominently using a clarinet sound, along with accompaniment and principals' vocal lines using a piano sound at lower volume. Then try the Tutti file to see if you can hold to your part when all choral parts are sounding together. Work back and forth between part and Tutti as needed.

Page numbering corresponds to the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive Edition of the vocal score (ed. Paul Howarth, available from For the divisions of the Act I Finale, you may wish to turn to the page and find the lyric as noted in the Excerpt column before starting the sound file. In some cases, the individual part files are abridged to focus on chorus passages (as noted in italics), while the Tutti file gives the number at full length.

How would you like to access the sound files?

Online: To hear each sound file, click one of the buttons labeled with your choral part or labeled "Tutti" found alongside 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. 9 Ring Forth, Ye Bells 1:45
5. 31 With Heart and With Voice (Women) 1:42
8. 41 With Heart and With Voice (Men) 0:47
10. 51 All Is Prepared 2:19
13. 72 Sprites of Earth and Air (Incantation) 4:25
14. 82 Finale Act I (Begins) - Now to the Banquet We Press 2:25
87 (Continues) - None So Knowing As He
(m. 102 at "It's strong, I'll be bound...")
91 (Continues) - Oh Love, True Love (m. 170) 1:45 (Aline and Alexis duet, included for continuity)
95 (Concludes) - Oh, Marvellous Illusion!
(m. 231, tempo reduced)

Act II

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
15. 114 'Tis Twelve, I Think
(Excerpt, m. 94 before "Why, where be oi...")
(Tutti includes dance at end of number with repeat, time 3:31)
(Dance button is the Country Dance ONLY with repeat, 1:07)
16. 122 (Complete) Dear Friends, Take Pity on My Lot 5:02 (See chorus passages excerpted below)
124 (Excerpt) You very, very plain old man (m. 62) 0:24
(Excerpt) You're everything that I detest (m. 136)
(Replay same recording for both, identical music.)
129 (Excerpt) Oh, Bitter Joy!
(m. 182, 2nd time, at "I do confess an anxious care...")
22. 175 Oh, Joyous Boon - (Excerpt) Oh, what is the matter?
(m. 100)
24. 183 Finale Act II - Or He or I Must Die! 3:35

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.

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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