The Arcadians. Piano Selection - Sheet Music Download.


The Arcadians. Piano Selection.
Music by Lionel Monkton and Howard Talbot.
Selected and arranged by H.M. Higgs.

Opening Chorus.
Chorus of Waitresses.
My Motter.
Fickle Fortune.
Sweet Simplicitas.
I Like London.
Arcady is Ever Young.
Joy of Life.
The Girl With A Brogue.
Charming Weather.
Truth Is So Beautful.

The Arcadians is an Edwardian musical comedy styled a "Fantastic Musical Play" in three acts by Mark Ambient and Alexander M. Thompson, with lyrics by Arthur Wimperis and music by Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot. The story concerns some idyllic Arcadians who wish to transform wicked London to a land of truth and simplicity.

The musical was produced by Robert Courtneidge, opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, on April 29, 1909, and ran for 809 performances, the third longest run for any musical theatre piece up to that time. The show starred Phyllis Dare as Eileen, Dan Rolyat as Smith and Florence Smithson as Sombra.[1] Cicely Courtneidge, the producer's daughter, later took over the role of Eileen. Costume designs were by the imaginative designer C. Wilhelm.

A Broadway production opened at the Liberty Theater in 1910, for over 200 performances, starring Frank Moulan and Julia Sanderson. A silent film version was made in 1927, and the piece was popular with amateur theatre groups, particularly in Britain, through the 20th century, where it received over 225 productions.

Arcadia was a legendary land of rural perfection peopled by beautiful virtuous innocents, first described by the Ancient Greeks, that was a popular setting for writers of the 19th century, notably W. S. Gilbert (in Happy Arcadia and Iolanthe). The development of aviation and flying in the early years of the 20th century captivated the public's attention. Writers fantasized about the strange adventures that might befall those who ventured to travel by the new-fangled aeroplane. A forced landing, perhaps, in some long-forgotten land where time has stood still. These stories laid the basis for The Arcadians.

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