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The Pirates of Penzance or the Slave of Duty Paperback – June 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp (June 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881887269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881887266
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,812,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Craven on November 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Once again Dover has managed to produce a Piano Vocal score which is a major improvement over the existing editions. While I can't speak for the Scholarly content, and while it doesn't claim to be a "critical edition", it does EXACTLY what a performer wants in a piano vocal score. It is clear and readable and has the words as well as the music. It is also clearly market with measure numbers at the start of each staff and has clear and well marked Major Measure markers throughout. In sum, if you are looking to perform the work, this is the edition to get.
(And if you need a Full Score, the Dover full score is also a very good deal).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven Jong on February 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
We're staging a production of "Pirates" in April 2002, and we have two editions of this score by G. Schirmer. The cheaper one is for the chorus, and has just the choral passages. The more expensive one (listed here) has the complete vocal music and dialogue.
I have seen both, and would rate them at five stars except that the original page plates are a little dirty, introducing some confusing dots and spots.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D. Cole on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 5 stars are for the 2001 Dover edition. But I note that the "Pirates" score on Amazon is another victim of the Amazon practice of lumping together reviews of different editions. So be cautious about assuming that the reviews that you are looking at actually refer to the edition that you are looking at.

At the time at which I am writing this, there is one 1 star review, from a reviewer who is understandably disappointed at getting a 26 page version of the story "Pirates"," rather than the work itself. If we check the "This review is from:" link at the top of that review we learn that it is really a review of ISBN-10: 1425470998/ISBN-13: 978-1425470999.

The one 2 star review complains of receiving a book with only the chorus parts. Someone comments on the review that the reviewer is referring to "something else" (other than what, we can't really know, because we don't know which page the commenter was looking at.) The confusion is not the fault of the reviewer, or the commenter, but of Amazon. If we click on "This review is from:" the page takes us a 213 page Schrimer edition - ISBN-10: 0793525861/ISBN-13: 978-0793525867.

So, in each case, you can distinguish which edition the reviewers are really looking at by checking the "This review is from:" links. At this point I see only two reviews that relate specifically to the Dover edition, one 5 star and one 4 star. Sorry not to provide more commentary myself on the Dover edition, but this review is long enough already and those two reviews give a good summary.

Also be aware that if you are "Looking inside" you will be getting a peek, I believe, at the Dover edition, regardless of which edition's Amazon page you are starting from.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cybele A. Baker VINE VOICE on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure what an earlier reviewer is saying about this score not having the solo stuff. This book has the complete score and dialoge. I've used it for two productions of POP and it is missing nothing.
Unless this is a different edition than the one I have..but it has the exact same cover and credits so I doubt it.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Peterson on January 12, 2007
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Be aware that this book does not have a single musical note in it! I ordered 30 copies for a production I am directing and when the book came, it is only the dialogue and the lyrics to the music. You can download that much from the internet! I don't know why the other reviewers talk about it being a vocal score. It has no music in it. If you want to get a vocal score, this is not your ticket. Besides, this book is a copy of another book. Amazon says the book is 48 pages long, but the script is only 20 pages and the other pages are blank. I am sending this back and getting the Shirmer edition.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Kelly on July 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I used this score in a production of Pirates at my university, and from the standpoint of a cast member it was excellent. It outlined each part and was easy to read. At any point where scores between production years differ, this handy volume recounts them all with notes as to which part belongs with which year. My only complaints are that it is not ring-bound (regular paperback binding, harder to hold on to/use) and some harmony parts are difficult to pick out because they divide on the page turn and appear at different parts of the page. Other than that, it is a wonderful score and I would recommend it to anyone interested in producing this enchanting operetta.
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We are putting on this show and this copy is the clearest and easiest to follow. I really love it!
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By rebcca parris on October 24, 2013
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Gilbert and Sullivan are the kings of melodrama and humor all wrapped up into one musical.each of their creations are genius for their era!
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