Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday music spot: Gilbert and Sullivan "For he is an Englishman"

It's a nice piece of music, but what this particular piece from "HMS Pinafore" celebrates for me, as much of Gilbert and Sullivan's output does, is that one of the particularly British strengths is the ability to laugh at ourselves. (Even when the Aussies are the ones singing it!)

You wonder what the Australian performers who were singing this thought about it: but I'm sure they appreciated that "For he is a Pommie B******" would not scan or rhyme properly ...)

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