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The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera( )
Author: Gay, John
Bloomsbury Publishing Staff,
Editor: Jones, Vivian
Lindley, David
Jones, Vivien
Series title:New Mermaids Ser.
ISBN:978-0-7136-7382-1
Publication Date:May 2010
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:Methuen Drama
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $13.95
Book Description:

Written in 1728, John Gay's opera caricatures society, marriage and Italian operatic style in this comic satire which is considered revolutionary because it took on poverty and corruption as its subject as told by the thieves, prostitutes and villains of the slums and prisons of 18th century London. The lyrics were set to famous songs the day making it hugely popular with audiences and a radical departure from traditional opera. Bertolt Brech and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny...
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Book Details
Pages:192
Detailed Subjects: Drama / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.109 x 7.722 x 0.429 Inches
Book Weight:0.304 Pounds
Author Biography
Gay, John (Author)
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.

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