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Gilbert's acknowledgement of permission gives [German] Reed as the composer, as do both a playbill in the Enthoven Theatre Collection and an undated leaflet-handbill quoting reviews of No Cards in The REginald Allen Collection. The later Joseph Williams version of the lIbretto credits the score to L. Elliott, identified as Lionel Elliot on a programme for St. George's Hall, March 29 [1873?]. It is faintly possible that this person was really J. W. Elliot, who did arrangements for the Gallery of Illustration, including that for Planché's King Christmas. J. W. Elliot was also pianist and chorus master for German Reed's English opera venture at St. George's Hall. It seems likely that L. Elliot's score is a new setting for a revival. Clearly Reed had composed his wife's numbers, whoever put together the rest of the original score. [Stedman, Jane W., Gilbert Before Sullivan, (The University of Chicago Press, 1967)]

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