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Chapter Three: Down into the Market-Place: Sullivan’s Followers

A few composers followed in Sullivan's footsteps, tackling either comic opera or cantata. One of these was the Shropshire-born musician Edward German Jones, known as Edward German. Sullivan had started on the music for it but had completed only two numbers and sketched the tunes of fifteen more before his death on 22 November 1900. While critically well received, The Emerald Isle had only moderate success; the death of Richard D'Oyly Carte a few weeks before the opening night did not augur well for it. Sullivan at least had the satisfaction that, even when Cellier had to help him by cobbling together an overture, the main body of his operetta, including the orchestration, was largely his own. With the new musical comedies, it was more a question of a corporate effort, in the sense that, quite often, a work would come from the pens of two or more composers.