Beggar's Opera

ISBN-10: 0486408884
ISBN-13: 9780486408880
Edition: 1999
Authors: John Gay
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Book details

List price: $3.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.110
Language: English

A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events. in addition to its burlesque of the then-current vogue for italian operatic styles, this satirical 1728 play ridicules a broad spectrum of political figures and social conventions. influential prototype for Threepenny Opera.

Gay is a highly original poet and dramatist who experimented in various forms and genres. His The What D'Ye Call It: A Tragi-Comical Pastoral Farce (1715) is a burlesque of high seriousness, as is Three Hours after Marriage, which he wrote with his fellow members of the Scriblerus Club Alexander Pope and Dr. John Arbuthnot. The Beggar's Opera (1728) is his best-known work; it started the vogue for ballad operas, with tunes drawn from popular airs (Gay's are mostly from Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, a popular sourcebook for ribald songs). The Beggar's Opera satirizes gentility and vulgarity alike, and its topical political allusions are so direct that the government forbade its' sequel, Polly. Bertolt Brecht caught the spirit of the work in his Threepenny Opera.

Regents Restoration Drama Series
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Dramatis Personae
Introduction
Act II
Act III
the Music of the Beggar's Opera with Keyboard Accompaniments Realized from the Basses of John Christopher Pepusch by Edward Smith
Chronology

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