National Geographic : 1944 Sep
One of a series of events in the lives of immortal composers, painted for the Magnavox collection by Walter Richards When Gilbert and Sullivan attacked the "Pirates" THE entire English-speaking world surrendered to H.M .S . Pinafore. In 1879 an American newspaper reported, "At present, there are forty-two companies playing Pinaforeabout the country. Companies formed after 6 P.M. yesterday are not included." Yet from this unprecedented American success, not one penny of profit came to Gilbert and Sullivan. In the absence of an international copyright law, any un scrupulous producer could"pirate"thewords and music. To overcome this situation, the famous partners came to New York and staged an "Authorized Version." With Sir Arthur Sullivan conducting the orchestra, and William Gilbert, directing the performance, the official Pinafore received an ovation. Although no more perfect artistic partnership has ever existed, no love was lost between its two members. Gilbert, a bluff typical Englishman with a sarcastic tongue and domineering personality, was a continual trial to the dark, Oriental-looking composer noted for his gentle charm and ingratiating manner. Moreover, each considered himself capable of writing or composing works of far greater importance than light opera. Yet while their serious efforts have been largely forgotten, Pinafore and The Mikado will prob ably be played as long as the English language is spoken. To enjoy the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan to the utmost, you should hear them played by a Magnavox. Of this instrument, it is sufficient to say that it is the radio-phonograph chosen by Kreisler, Ormandy, Beecham, Horowitz and Heifetz for their own homes. Send for Reproductions of Art Subjects * Reproductions of paintings from the Magnavox collection are available at nominal charge from the Magnavox Company, Dept. NGM, Fort Wayne 4, Ind. IIa navox RADIO PHONOGRAPH * e/ c/#4cce of adc- s To discover the marked superior ity of the Magnavox listen to a Fre quency Modulation program over this instrument. Magnavox was an | B ^ FM pioneer and the reproduction qualities required to take full advan tage of FM broadcasting are inherent in the Magnavox radio-phonograph. Buy 'that extra IVar Bond today.