B0081. GERVASE HUGHES. Composers of Operetta. Westport, CT, Greenwood, 1977 [Reprint of the 1962 Macmillan Edition]. 283pp. Indices; Illus.; Photos. As new, albeit minor foxing. Very long out of print, Final Copy! - 0-8371-7612-3
“Gervase Alfred Booth Hughes was an English composer, conductor and writer on music. From 1926 to 1933, Hughes pursued a career as a conductor and chorus master, principally at the British National Opera Company, and also co-produced Shakespeare plays. From 1960 to 1972 he published a series of books on musical subjects, beginning with a study of the music of Arthur Sullivan, published in 1960.
From 1926 to 1929 Hughes was on the staff of the British National Opera Company and conducted CARMEN, FAUST and SAMSON ET DALILA. The company gave several performances of his one-act operetta, CASTLE CREEVEY, in 1928–30, and the score was published by Novello & Co. In 1929–30 along with Sir Thomas Beecham and Jack Westrup, he was one of three conductors of the London Opera Festival, for which he arranged and conducted Handel's GIULIO CESARE, its first British performance since the composer's lifetime. Herman Klein in THE GRAMOPHONE commented that the costumes, the lines and the acting ‘made the audience rock with laughter’, but added, ‘One reservation should be made, however, and that applies to the admirable work of Mr. Gervase Hughes, both in arranging the score and conducting the efficient orchestra, including the faultless accompaniments played upon the harpsichord by Mr. Boris Ord’. Between 1926–33 he was associated with Sir Frank Benson and Oscar Asche in Shakespeare productions.
In 1960 he embarked on a new career as an author of books on musical subjects, publishing eight books in the next twelve years. In 1967 he was appointed a Vice-President of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a post he held until his death.”