The delightful operetta, Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, has many enjoyable melodies, four of which feature in this medley. It is a fun piece to play and hear. For instance in the With Cat Like Tread segment, Harp 1 has sforzando chords, Harp 2 has alternating fifths, and Harp 3 has knocks on the sounding board.
While all three parts can be played on either pedal or lever harps, Harp 1 is easier on a pedal harp because of the quicker chromatic changes. All parts change keys, C to G to D and back to G, and a measure of rests in Harp 2 and Harp 3 give ample time for the changes. The performance time for Melodies from Pirates of Penzance is about five minutes. INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS.