Gilbert and Sullivan Lyrics
Modern Major-General

Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics and music for tenors "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," free!  

Download:

  • the vocal line in four keys, or 
  • just the lyrics in a PDF for your tenor to carry around to practice the words.

The video below comes from "The Pirates of Penzance," my own favorite of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.  

A quintessentially Gilbert & Sullivan song

(You can find this fun version, which stars Linda Ronstad, Kevin Kline, and Rex Smith, at Amazon.)

Here is the vocal part, all four pages.   (The piano accompaniment can be purchased from Musicnotes.com in several different keys.)

Below the music, I've included a downloadable sheet of just the Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics.

Pirates of Penzance sheet music Modern Major-General

Occasionally, nonsensical lyrics

Gilbert and Sullivan operas (or operettas) are famous for the "patter" songs, filled with sometimes silly and even incomprehensible (to our modern ears) lyrics, frequently sung by a crusty old fellow with great personality and breath control!

Here is a closeup of page one:

Closeup look at Modern Major General vocal line

This fun solo spends a lot of time up high for the average teen tenor; so I have set it in several lower keys.  

It is a bit of a tour de force

Performing this song is an opportunity to show off, no doubt about it!  And anyone who performs this piece can expect to be asked to DO IT AGAIN!

Here's page two:

Free Gilbert and Sullivan sheet music for male voices

The lyrics are a mouthful - and speed is necessary

In addition to being a great song for practice with breath control, this song will be fabulous for your students' articulation!  

Free Gilbert and Sullivan sheet music

If your tenors/baritones have a tendency to slur or mush-mouth their words, this song's lyrics will tighten up that problem.  The object is clarity, but also SPEED.

Pirates of Penzance sheet music free

Please scroll down the page for the links to the lead sheet PDFs.

(And did I mention, the piano accompaniment can be purchased from SheetMusicPlus.)

Here is the promised downloadable sheet of Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics:

Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics for Modern Major General

Below is a Youtube video with audio only, with the lyrics superimposed on the screen:



The links for the vocal lines, in different keys:



Download free Gilbert and Sullivan vocal Modern Major General in Eb (original key)



Download Modern Major General for tenor in D



Download Gilbert and Sullivan operetta song in Db



Download Pirates of Penzance solo in key of C




The link for the lyrics to Modern Major-General:



Download Gilbert and Sullivan LYRICS for Modern Major-General from Pirates of Penzance








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