Publishing new editions of
conductor's scores and orchestral parts for
Gilbert & Sullivan operettas
and other light operas
WVD Press was founded in 1994 by William V. Dorwart, who has for
years been a pit cellist for musical theater productions, most notably
with The Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra.
Out of frustration with the errors and illegibility of the Kalmus
parts for the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas came the inspiration to
create new editions of all these shows.
WVD Press scores, published by a musician, are very player-friendly:
Full conductor's scores are printed 11x14", and parts in the10x13"
sheet music size.
- Page turns are placed at convenient spots.
- Numerous cues are included, both so that players do not have to
series of tacet measures, and so that missing solo instruments may be
- Scores are performance tested before being released.
- All copies are produced directly on a high definition laser
- Scores can be custom-modified, whether for key changes, alternate
alternate text/ translations, or for whatever other special request the
customer may have.
- Conductor's scores are available in two formats: one with
lines at the top, and one with the vocal lines in their traditional
above the strings.
- The trumpet parts are supplied both in the original A and B flat,
entirely into B flat for players who are not comfortable transposing
they play. For some shows clarinet parts transposed into B flat are
for others the transposition can be done for a fee.
PLEASE NOTE: WVD Press does not have
scores for any work except for Naughty Marietta..
The following Gilbert & Sullivan shows
have been completed:
The following shows and numbers by other
- The Gondoliers
- HMS Pinafore
- Iolanthe (now available with two different orchestrations
including the original one)
- The Mikado
- Patience (now available with two different orchestrations
including the original one)
- Pirates of Penzance
- Princess Ida
- Ruddigore (includes orchestration of the original 2nd-Act
- Trial by Jury
- Yeomen of the Guard (an
of A Laughing Boy may be added for an extra fee)
- The Zoo (music by Sullivan, lyrics by B. C. Stephenson)
- A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol (music by Sullivan, lyrics
Wren) A charming combination of
the Dickens story with Sullivan's music. Two versions are
one requiring an hour to perform, and the other about an hour and a
- The Merry Widow (Franz Lehar) The WVD Press edition (with a
translation of the lyrics) has been used by the Metropolitan Opera for
26 performances over three seasons. The available translations
by Quade Winter, Martin Crimp, Greg Opelka, and Sheldon Harnick. Also
available is a full score in the original
or a score with no lyrics or dialogue for those who wish to use a
translation or language. Two reduced orchestrations for Merry
Widow are available. Each reduction has its own
score. The first eliminates one oboe, two horns, and one trombone,
assigning their notes to other instruments. The second eliminates the
second bassoon in addition to the oboe, two horns, and one trombone.
Because most productions do not use the Njegus Aria from Act III it is
not included with the standard score and parts. Anyone wanting to use
it must specifically order it.
- Gypsy Baron (Johann Strauss, Jr.) Full
score & parts. The full score is available with English
by Henrik Ege or Quade Winter. The score is also availble with no
text for those who wish to insert their own translation. A German
language version is now available.
- Aida (Guiseppe
parts have been prepared in a joint project with the Metropolitan Opera
and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
- Naughty Marietta (Victor Herbert) A
new edition has been prepared in cooperation with the Victor
Herbert Renaissance Project. Source material included a copy
of the original score in Herbert's own hand. The new edition was
premiered by the Little Orchestra Society In Alice Tulley Hall in the
Lincoln Center on March 8, 2006. The full score and piano/vocal score
are available in three variations- with updated dialog created by Alyce
Mott of the
Renaissance Project, with no dialog for users who prefer to adapt
their own from the original libretto, or with the original libretto.
is My Heart Alone (Franz Lehar, from
The Land of Smiles) Full
parts, and piano/vocal score available in C Major, D flat Major, or D
- Fledermaus. A new edition has been prepared for the
Metropolitan Opera. There are two orchestrations- the original one and
a reduced one. The reduced
orchestration eliminates two horns, one trombone, one bassoon, and one
oboe from the original orchestration. The full score is available with
English translations by Quade Winter or Garson Kanin and Howard Dietz,
the original German libretto, or
with no text for those who wish to insert their own.
- Cyrano de Bergerac (Victor Herbert) A new edition has been prepared in
co-operation with the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project. The original
libretto for this work was lost. The VHRP has written a new one to go
with the surviving music. This show, along with performign rights, must
be ordered through the VHRP at www.vherbert.com.
- Prices for Gilbert and Sullivan range from $100 to $275 for a
full score. A set of
parts (strings 3,3,2,1,1) $150 to $450 when printed in 10X13 inch
- For The Merry Widow a full score is $375. A set of parts (strings
is 725. For the reduced orchestration a full
score is $375 and a set
of parts (strings 3,3,2,1,1) is $625..
- For Gypsy Baron a full score is $600. A set of parts (strings
- Payment is by check (cheque) only in US dollars. Unfortunately,
WVD Press does not accept
- Prices are for sale only. WVD Press does not rent parts.
- For Naughty Marietta a full score is $500, a set of parts
(strings 4,4,3,2,1) is $900 and a piano vocal
score is $40.
<>For Fledermaus a full score is $575 for either orchestration.
the full orchestration a set of parts (strings 4,4,3,2,1) is $1150. For
the reduced orchestration (strings 3,3,2,1,1) a set of parts is $950.
New (and non-musical) from WVD Press: By Bonnie Brice Dorwart, M.D.
"Carson's Materia Medica of 1851: An Annotation". Published 2005. A
description of medications available during the American Civil War. It
details conditions treated with these drugs and how they worked in
diseases. 110 pages. Price $30 plus shipping. Also Death is in the
Breeze, a study of non-surgical medicine during the American Civl War,
available from amazon.com.
WVD Press has ended its exclusive representation agreement with the
Presser Company. Orders should now be placed directly through WVD
|WVD Press Office:
William V. Dorwart
124 Maple Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA
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Page last updated February 26, 2021
The Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra,
email@example.com To contact Quade
Winter about his translations of Merry Widow, Gypsy Baron, and
www.vherbert.com For Victor Herbert