Beggar's opera Metadata

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  • Main Title Beggar's opera


  • Composer: Pepusch, John Christopher, 1667-1752
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Librettist: Gay, John, 1685-1732
    Creator Type: Personal


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


  • Creation: 1735


  • English


  • Content 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.


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

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source


  • Name: Virtual Music Rare Book Room
    Code: VRBR


  • Name: UNT Music Library
    Code: UNTML

Resource Type

  • Musical Score/Notation


  • Image


  • OCLC: 9926858
  • UNT Catalog No.: b1032598
  • Call Number: ML50.5 B3 1735
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc25946


  • Display Note: 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.
  • Digital Preservation: creationAppName: Omniscan creationAppVersion: 11 creationHardware: Zeutschel OS 10000