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Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!The Enduring Phenomenon of Gilbert and Sullivan$
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Ian Bradley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328943.001.0001

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Things Are Seldom What They Seem: Parodies, Spoofs, and Spin-offs

Things Are Seldom What They Seem: Parodies, Spoofs, and Spin-offs

(p.159) Eight Things Are Seldom What They Seem: Parodies, Spoofs, and Spin-offs
Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!

Ian Bradley

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the more offbeat and heavily altered versions of the operas. Few works in the English language have been more parodied than the songs of Gilbert and Sullivan. There are several reasons for this. Because they are worded and so teeming with wit and clever rhyming structures that they lend themselves to adaptation for all sorts of purposes and occasions. The songs are eminently singable and memorable — especially the patter songs — providing a wonderful framework on which to hang new lyrics appropriate to all sorts of subjects and occasions. They are also ubiquitous and widely known and recognized, having entered deep into the folk consciousness of English-speaking peoples in a way that has also been true of hymns, the only other literary genre which has been parodied on anything like the same scale.

Keywords:   parody, Gilbert and Sullivan, patter songs, English, satire, politicians

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