SULLIVAN, Arthur. 19157



The first three bars, words and music, of “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war”, written out by Arthur Sullivan, and signed and dated by him. 4 x 7 inches, cut from a page of a Victorian album of autographs, in fine clean condition. With a separate carte de visite photograph of Sullivan by Elliott & Fry. 13 October 1875. Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 –1900), composer, best known for his partnership with the librettist, Sir William Gilbert, in the Gilbert and Sullivan light operas. Onward Christian Soldiers was written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, and the music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871. Sullivan named the tune “St Gertrude,” after the wife of his friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer, at whose country home he composed the tune. The Salvation Army adopted the hymn as its favoured processional, and the piece became Sullivan’s most popular hymn.