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Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.
 
In the story Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.

John Gay (1685–1732) was an English poet and dramatist.
Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.

In the story, Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.

Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.
 
In the story, Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.
"Offers a useful performance history of the satirical ballad-opera...the New Mermaids [edition] includes music as well as words for the songs."—Plays International

Synopsis:

Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.
 
In the story Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.

Synopsis:

Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.
 
In the story Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.

About the Author

John Gay (1685 - 1732) was an English poet and dramatist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780713673821
Author:
Gay, John
Publisher:
Methuen Publishing
Editor:
Lindley, David
Editor:
Jones, Vivien
Author:
Lindley, David
Author:
Jones, Vivien
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General
Subject:
British & Irish
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
New Mermaids
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.82 x 5.12 x 0.42 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.
 
In the story Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.
"Synopsis" by ,
Written in 1728, John Gays 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 Weills The Threepenny Opera is based on this work.
 
In the story Peachum is horrified to learn of their daughters secret marriage to a roguish, notorious highwayman Macheath and plot his downfall. Eventually Macheath is captured and destined to be hanged, but Gays plot defied conventional expectations by not ending with punishing its villains.

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