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Although he is now known almost exclusively for his comic operettas, generally in collaboration with W.S. Gilbert, in his youth Arthur Sullivan was regarded as an extremely promising classical composer. The son of a military bandmaster he showed great ability from an early age, composing The string quartet that this wind quintet is arranged from dates from the time of his studies in Germany, and was a piece he sent home for his mother.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).