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John Gay

First Edition

* PR3473.B41


Charles Coffey

Satire on the Beggar's Opera

* PR3349.C2B4

The Beggar's Opera was enormously popular after its premiere on January 29, 1728 in London at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln's Inn Fields. More than 20 editions ranging from 1728 and up to 1782 are in the possession of the Clark Library. Johann Pepusch's music is included in the early editions either as an appendix or later intertwined into the text itself. Charles Coffey, a prolific Irish playwright, brought out a parody, Beggar's Wedding, one year after the premiere of The Beggar's Opera. Among the holdings of the Clark Library is an arrangement of the Beggar's Opera for voice, harpsichord, and Violin (*M1500.P42).

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