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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.

Tempo slider: You can slow the tempo of the playback by sliding the light blue knob on the above "Change tempo" slider to left and right along the track. It begins at 100% at the right end and changes by 1% increments to a minimum of 50% at the left end. Note that slower tempos introduce distortion into the audio playback. When you start a new selection or refresh the page, you may need to "nudge" the slider to reset the slowed tempo. (Supported in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera web browers.)

Page numbering corresponds to the Gilbert & Sullivan Archive Edition of the vocal score (ed. Paul Howarth, available from Lulu.com). 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: Find the excerpt you wish to hear, and in that row click the for your choral part or for Tutti. It will play in the audio player at the top of the page next to the menu. (Or click the down arrow ↓ to play directly in your browser, bypassing the above audio player.)

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 (Begin) - Now to the Banquet We Press 2:25
87 (Continue, m. 102) - None So Knowing As He 1:20
91 (Continue, m. 170) - Oh Love, True Love 1:45 (Aline and Alexis duet, included for continuity)
95 (Conclude, m. 231) - Oh, Marvellous Illusion! 2:24

Act II

# Pg Excerpt Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
15. 114 'Tis Twelve, I Think
(Excerpt, m. 94 before "Why, where be oi...") 2:29
(Tutti includes Country Dance at end of number with repeat) 3:31
(Dance button is the Country Dance ONLY with repeat) 1:07
16. 122 Dear Friends, Take Pity on My Lot (Full Length) 5:02
124 (Excerpt, m. 62) You very, very plain old man 0:24
127 (Excerpt, m. 136) You're everything that I detest (same music) " " " " " "
129 (Excerpt, m. 182) Oh, Bitter Joy! 1:08
22. 175 Oh, Joyous Boon - (Excerpt, m. 100) Oh, what is the matter? 0:34
24. 183 Finale Act II - Or He or I Must Die! 3:35


Download the sound files to your computer

If you wish, you can download an individual MP3 sound file from the above table by right-clicking its down-pointing arrow (↓) and selecting Save link as... or Save target as... from the pop-up menu.

To download all the MP3 recordings for a part, click the button corresponding to your choral part below. You will also need the Tutti zip file. Besides the sound files, each zip file contains one or more playlists for playing relevant groups of individual recordings in sequence.

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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