Beggar's opera

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This is a 1735 fourth ed. of the three-act ballad opera "The beggar's opera" by John Christopher Pepusch and John Gay. It includes the score for the overture (for violins (2), viola, and bass ensemble) and the melodies of each song. The inscription, "Nos haec novimus esse nihil" (transl. as, We know these to be nothing) that appears on the t.p. is an epigram by Marcus Valerius Martialis from his Books of Epigrams. On the back of the t.p. appears the advertisement of these works printed by John Watts: Fifty one new fables in verse; The tunes to the songs ... continued below

Physical Description

1 score (8 p.), 76 p. : music ; 20 cm.

Creation Information

Pepusch, John Christopher, 1667-1752. & Gay, John, 1685-1732. 1735.

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  • John Watts
    Publisher Info: Publication note on the t.p.: "Printed for John Watts at the printing office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Field."
    Place of Publication: London, England

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Description

This is a 1735 fourth ed. of the three-act ballad opera "The beggar's opera" by John Christopher Pepusch and John Gay. It includes the score for the overture (for violins (2), viola, and bass ensemble) and the melodies of each song.

The inscription, "Nos haec novimus esse nihil" (transl. as, We know these to be nothing) that appears on the t.p. is an epigram by Marcus Valerius Martialis from his Books of Epigrams.

On the back of the t.p. appears the advertisement of these works printed by John Watts: Fifty one new fables in verse; The tunes to the songs in the Beggar's Opera, transposed for the flute; and Gay's opera "Achilles."

A table of songs shows the first lines of text for each act. The item includes a list of characters.

Physical Description

1 score (8 p.), 76 p. : music ; 20 cm.

Notes

Full title as it appears on the t.p.: "The beggar's opera, as it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincolns-Inn Fields." Fourth ed.

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Virtual Music Rare Book Room

The Virtual Music Rare Book Room is composed primarily of digitized materials held in the UNT Music Library's Edna Mae Sandborn Music Rare Book Room. The collection is particularly strong in eighteenth-century French opera, due in large part to the influence of musicologist Lloyd Hibberd on the development of the collection.

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  • 1735

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  • July 7, 2010, 10:17 a.m.

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Pepusch, John Christopher, 1667-1752. & Gay, John, 1685-1732. Beggar's opera, score, 1735; London, England. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc25946/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.