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Beggar's Opera

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ISBN-10: 0140432205

ISBN-13: 9780140432206

Edition: 1986

Authors: John Gay, Bryan Loughrey, T. O. Treadwell, T. O. Treadwell, T. O. Treadwell

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In this work, John Gay turned the conventions of Italian opera riotously upside-down, instead using traditional popular ballads and street tunes, while also indulging in political satire at the expense of the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/6/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 0.31" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

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…    

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