In 1888, Thomas Edison sent his “Perfected” Phonograph to George Gouraud in London, England, and on 14th August 1888, Gouraud introduced the phonograph to London Society in a press conference, including the playing of a piano and cornet recording of Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made. A series of parties followed, introducing the phonograph to members of Society at “Little Menlo” in London. Sullivan was invited to one of these on 5thOctober 1888.
Sullivan was knighted for his contributions to music in 1883. Regarded as the finest British composer of the 19th century, he died on 22nd November 1900 at the age of 58.