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Psychological research methods.
Psychology books: Know How: Guided Programs for Inventing Your Own Best Future by Leslie Cameron-Bandler. Nature of Prejudice by Gordon W. Allport. Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman. Pessimism (defensive) (Norem).
From 1871 to 1896 (25 years), Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on 14 operas. They are funny, have many catchy tunes, and are relatively easy to stage. As a result, this is perhaps the most frequently performed series of operas in history.
|Year of initial performance||Opera Title|
|1875||Trial by Jury|
|1880||The Pirates of Penzance|
|1888||Yeomen of the Guard|
|1896||The Grand Duke|
Also see log of The Sorcerer.
I cannot tell what this love may be That cometh to all but not to me. It cannot be kind as they'd imply Or why do these ladies sigh? It cannot be joy and rapture deep Or why do these gentle ladies weep? I cannot be blissful as 'tis said Or why are their eyes so wondrous red?
Meanwhile a colonel, a major, a duke, and their soldiers in the dragoon guards, wearing toy-soldier bright uniforms, are all annoyed that their erstwhile fiancés are infatuated with the foppish Bunthorne.
By a series of unlikely coincidences that Charles Dickens might have admired, the love of Patience's life appears: Grosvenor, another poet, and a childhood friend she had not seen since she was four. He proposes marriage to her in three stanzas and complains of his misfortune in being a "trustee for beauty" so that every maiden that sees him falls in love with him. But Patience says sadly that she cannot love Grosvenor because he (as he tells her often) is perfect. So there would be nothing unselfish in marrying him, and love must be unselfish. Patience then decides that to be truly unselfish, she will accept the marriage proposal of the foolish Bunthorne.
Meanwhile the colonel, the major, the duke, and the men, none of whom are convinced of the value of aesthetics, decide they had better imitate Bunthorne to win the women's love. Bunthorne, on legal advice, raffles himself off. Somehow, everyone seems to end up marrying who they want to, except Bunthorne does not get Patience.
Also see log of Patience.
Some of W.S. Gilbert's finest light opera music.
The queen of the fairies (Anne Collins as a Nordic Fairy Queen) has banished the fairy Iolanthe (Beverly Mills) from fairy land for marrying a mortal, "an act that strikes at the root of the fairy system". The odd system is revealed whereby the Lord Chancellor used to assign nubile wards of court to Peers of the Realm for marriage. Iolanthe's son, half fairy, plans to marry such a Ward. Complications ensure, resolved in the finale by the Peers convincing the Fairy Queen to changing the law from death to any fairy 'who marries a mortal' to 'who doesn't marry a mortal'.
Favorite songs include:
That every boy and every gal That's born into the world alive Is either a little Liberal Or else a little Conservative!
When Britain really ruled the waves (In good Queen Bess's time), The House of Peers made no pretence To intellectual eminence, Or scholarship sublime ...
When you're lying aware with a dismal headache, And repose is taboo'd by anxiety I conceive you may use any language you choose To indulge in without impropriety; ...
Also see log of Iolanthe.
Favorite songs include:
Also see log of Mikado.
All the village lads love Rose Maybud, but are too shy to court her. Robin Oakapple, who also loves Rose, becomes the wicked Baronet of Ruddigore, and must commit a daily crime or be tortured to death by his ancestors, whose ghosts step from their portraits to confront him.
Also see log of Ruddigore.
In true Republican manner, the gondoliers travel to Barataria where they work jointly as king making each of their friends "somebody" in the new court. Until in true confused-identity style, all is revealed.
Many great songs including: "I Stole the Prince", "A Regular Royal Queen", "They Shall All Equal Be", "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes", and "On the Day When I was Wedded to Your Admirable Sire".
Also see log of Gondoliers.
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