The Long Day Closes

This is the best-known part song by Arthur Sullivan published in 1868, before his long collaboration with W S Gilbert. The term part song is used for a song written for several vocal parts, usually with the highest part carrying the melody and the other voices supplying accompanying harmonies, rather than one which is contrapuntal like a madrigal. Part songs are often sung unaccompanied.

The plaintive harmonies of The Long Day Closes and the text’s touching meditation on death have made the song a frequent selection at events of mourning, and in particular it was often sung at funerals of members of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.’

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