Trial by Jury (Murray orchestration)


  • Gilbert/Sullivan
comic opera in one act
Music by Arthur Sullivan (orchestrated by Peter Murray). Lyrics and Libretto by W.S Gilbert
1110 - 1110 - timp - perc(1) - (pno) - 3 vln I.3 vln II.2 vla.2 vlc.1 db
First Performance
25.3.1875, Royalty Theatre, London, UK
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The Story
(A Court of Justice)
Angelina is suing Edwin for breach of promise, claiming that he has broken his word to marry her.  In his own defence, Edwin argues that it is unfair to punish him for loving one girl one day and, bored with her, loving another the next.  However, the sight of this beautiful girl overcome by emotion and greatly
distressed quickly captures the hearts of the ‘impartial’ jury.  In an attempt to resolve the matter, Edwin
offers to marry both girls but his suggestion is rejected on the grounds of bigamy.  Faced with potentially
substantial damages, Edwin then claims to be a drunkard and a bully, liable to beat Angelina when
intoxicated, and worth very little in financial terms.  This leads the Judge to suggest that they make him
drunk and observe his behaviour towards Angelina!  When all except Edwin object to this, the Judge
becomes very impatient with the whole affair and, in a final effort to bring the trial to a conclusion, he
declares that he will marry Angelina himself.  This suits everybody, and the case is closed.  
Principal Characters (plus Chorus) 
The Learned Judge 
Angelina (the Plaintiff)
Edwin (the Defendant)
Counsel for the Plaintiff
Foreman of the Jury 
First Bridesmaid
Principal Musical Numbers 
When First My Old, Old Love I Knew (Edwin, Chorus)
When I, Good Friends, Was Call’d To The Bar (Judge, Chorus)
Comes The Broken Flower (Angelina, Chorus)
Oh, Gentlemen, Listen, I Pray (Edwin, Chorus)
I Love Him, I Love Him (Edwin, Angelina, Chorus)


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