Gilbert and Sullivan
"Ah, leave me not to pine alone"

Gilbert and Sullivan operas seem pretty corny to some modern musicians, but the beauty of the music of The Pirates of Penzance duet "Ah, leave me not to pine alone" is irresistable!  

Here are the vocal duet lines, as well as the piano accompaniment, in 3 different keys:

gilbert and sullivan operettas sheet music

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

The harmony of this lovely duet takes some skill and perhaps experience; the first half of the song is beautiful, slow, even halting...

But the second half is lively, with a lot of movement and some unpredictable rhythms (and some truly silly Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics!).  

This piece is very do-able by high school singers!

I have posted a couple of videos below, because it was hard to find the whole performance on just one video! 

Gilbert and Sullivan vocal duet for male and female voices, from the Pirates of Penzance operetta

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Here is a sweet performance of Mabel's part of the first half of "Ah, leave me not to pine alone" (Frederic seems a bit self-conscious) - the singer is 14-year-old Amber Mitchell:

And here is the entire song. 

The introductory section shows Frederic about to leave Mabel, having discovered that he is not yet free from his indentured service to the pirate band, and won't be free until his 20th birthday (it just so happens he was born in Leap Year and has had only 5 birthdays).  

The singers are Megan Weston and Benjamin Robinson:


Gilbert and Sullivan vocal duet for male and female voices, from the Pirates of Penzance operetta


Gilbert and Sullivan vocal duet for male and female voices, from the Pirates of Penzance operetta


I have always loved this Gilbert and Sullivan duet ever since I first heard it sung in "The Pirates of Penzance" by Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.  The performance was incredibly CORNY but that is what to expect with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas!

Now here is a look at the full score, with piano and vocal parts.  

This 9-page edition is FOR SALE, for $4.00 in the keys of G, F, and Eb.  

You can view pages 1, 3, 5, and 9:

Gilbert and Sullivan vocal duet


Ah! Leave Me Not to Pine Alone by Gilbert and Sullivan


Gilbert and Sullivan duet from Pirates of Penzance


Pirates of Penzance Mabel and Frederic duet


Get "Ah, Leave Me Not to Pine Alone" in the key of G (original key), unlimited copies (for your students & accompanists only) for $4.00:

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Why Buy From Me?

So why should you buy this sheet music from me? (Aside from the fact that Gilbert and Sullivan duets are a blast to sing and your students will love it?!!)

  • It is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer.
  • I give you permission to print UNLIMITED COPIES - (for your students & accompanists only)
  • You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to download this PDF. I don't know about you, but I detest clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.
  • You can print this music on any kind of paper you want, and thus avoid the glare of shiny pages (so irritating at recitals, when the adrenaline is already high!). Much of my shiny, store-bought music does reflect my piano light, and I find myself ducking and weaving to play off of it.
  • Write and make notes all over these copies, in red and other colors, without feeling you are spoiling your music for posterity. I hate messing up my music books, but learning the piece is always the first priority. These printouts make great working copies.
  • I give you permission to make unlimited copies legally. Do I speak tongue-in-cheek? Not at all -- as music teachers, as music students, you know there are times when you need music RIGHT NOW and your only recourse is to make a copy of copyrighted music...or do without.  (People do what they have to do, but there are consequences... Cheating... just a little... is hard on one's character. I believe this is one of the keys of political corruption, one little compromise after another. Not only that, but music teachers teach by example. What are your students learning from you about the value of the work of composers, arrangers, and publishers? Of the value of musicians' work in general?)
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The link for the free vocal lines for the Gilbert & Sullivan duet, in the key of G only:


Download Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Penzance vocal duet "Ah! leave me not to pine" 









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