Achilles. An opera. Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Achilles. An opera.
  • Uniform Title Achilles. Libretto. English

Creator

  • Composer: Gay, John, 1685-1732
    Creator Type: Personal

Publisher

  • Name: J. Watts
    Place of Publication: London

Date

  • Creation: 1733
  • Digitized: 2008-10-28

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: John Gay is credited with inventing the ballad opera, a genre that blends spoken plays and previously composed songs to new texts. Although The Beggar’s Opera (1728) was his most successful endeavor, he continued to compose English musical dramas. Achilles was finally performed in 1733, one year after Gay died. In this story, Achilles appears as a girl named Pyrrha, unknown to most of the inhabitants of the island of Scyros, in order to circumvent a prediction that he will die in battle. Deidamia (the king’s daughter) knows the secret, however, because she is carrying the disguised man’s child. After Achilles’s identity is revealed, he and Deidamia are able to wed. Then, in a fateful twist of irony, Achilles plans to join the Greeks in the Trojan War.
  • Physical Description: 68 p., 21 cm.

Subject

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Ballad operas -- Librettos.
  • Other: Ballad opera

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source

Collection

  • Name: Virtual Music Rare Book Room
    Code: VRBR

Institution

  • Name: UNT Music Library
    Code: UNTML

Rights

  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Musical Score/Notation

Format

  • Image

Identifier

  • UNT Catalog No.: b1296258
  • OCLC: 2758583
  • Call Number: ML50.5.A3 G4 1733
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc11