Autograph full score of Sir Arthur Sullivan's The light of the world

Scope and Content

Autograph full score, including performance annotations and revisions made for subsequent performances.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) was a composer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

The light of the world is an oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra with words selected from the Bible by the composer. It was first performed at the Birmingham Musical Festival, 27 Aug. 1873, and was conducted by the composer. The vocal score was published in 1873.

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Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Library from the Faculty of Music Library in 1995.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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