Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)

Sir Arthur Sullivan, in Arthur Lawrence, Sir Arthur Sullivan: Life Story, Letters and Reminiscences (London: James Bowden, 1899), from the painting by John Millais (1888).

Featured Tunes:


Publications of Hymns & Tunes:

Edited by Sullivan:

Church Hymns with Tunes (1874):

Edited by Others:

Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship, Presbyterian Church in England (London: James Nisbet, 1867): HathiTrust

Good Words (London, 1868, 1872): WorldCat

A Hymnal Chiefly from the Book of Praise, ed. John Hullah, Roundell Palmer (London: Macmillan, 1868): HathiTrust

Supplemental Hymn & Tune Book, 3rd ed., R. Brown Borthwick (London: Novello, 1868): WorldCat

The Sarum Hymnal (1869)

Christmas Carols New and Old, 2nd series, ed. John Stainer (1870): WorldCat

The Musical Times, vol. 15, no. 346 (Dec. 1, 1871), p. 311: PDF

The Hymnary, ed. Joseph Barnby (London: Novello, 1872): HathiTrust

New Church Hymn Book, ed. Charles Kemble (London: SPCK, 1874): Google Books

The Congregational Psalmist (1875)

The Musical Times (Nov. 1877, Jan. 1878)

Hymns for Children, Sarah Wilson (1888)

Hymn written by the Bishop of Wakefield (1897)

The Church Hymnary, ed. John Stainer (Edinburgh: H. Frowde, 1898): PDF

Church Hymns with Tunes, ed. Charles Lloyd (London: SPCK, 1903): PDF

For lists of Sullivan’s tunes and sources, see Hymn Tunes (1902); Young (1972) Appendix 1, pp. 278-281; and Bradley (2013) Appendix 1, pp. 188-198.


Arthur Sullivan, Hymn Tunes (London: Novello, 1902): PDF


Sir Arthur Sullivan Diaries, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University:

Arthur Sullivan Music Manuscripts, Pierpont Morgan Library, NY:

Life & Works:

Arthur Lawrence, Sir Arthur Sullivan: Life Story, Letters and Reminiscences (London: James Bowden, 1899): PDF

Walter J. Wells, Souvenir of Sir Arthur Sullivan, Mus. Doc., M.V.O. (London: George Newnes, 1901): PDF

H. Saxe Wyndham, Arthur Sullivan (London: George Bell & Sons, 1903): PDF

B.W. Findon, Sir Arthur Sullivan: His Life and Music (London: James Nisbet, 1904): PDF

H. Saxe Wyndham: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (London: K. Paul, 1926): WorldCat

H.T. Sullivan and N. Flower, Sir Arthur Sullivan: His Life, Letters & Diaries, 2nd ed. (London: Cassell & Co., 1950): WorldCat

Gervase Hughes, The Music of Arthur Sullivan (NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1960): WorldCat

Betty Matthews, ‘“Onward, Christian Soldiers’: A Centenary Note,” Musical Times, vol. 113, no. 1558 (Dec. 1972), p. 1232.

Percy Young, Sir Arthur Sullivan (New York: W.W. Norton, 1972): WorldCat

Arthur Jacobs, Arthur Sullivan: A Victorian Musician, 2nd ed. (Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1992): Amazon

Paul Westermeyer, “Arthur Sullivan,” Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective (Chicago: GIA, 2005), pp. 260-261.

Ian Bradley, Lost Chords and Christian Soldiers: The Sacred Music of Arthur Sullivan (London: SCM Press, 2013): Amazon

Jeremy Dibble, “Arthur Seymour Sullivan,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

Arthur Jacobs, “Sir Arthur Sullivan,” Grove Music Online:

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