Scottish ballad operas I: Pastoral comedies.
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Published by Garland Pub. in New York .
Written in English


  • Ballad operas -- Librettos.

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SeriesThe Ballad opera,, v. 24
LC ClassificationsML48 .B18 vol. 24
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v. (various pagings)
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5046773M
ISBN 100824009231
LC Control Number74007218

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First Illustrated Edition of this widely popular pastoral comedy in vernacular Scots, with glossary and evocative engravings by David Allan. Large 4to: [4,including half title],x,[2],,[3],17(glossary),[1]pp, with portrait frontispiece, 12 numbered uncolored aquatints by David Allan, and 9 engraved leaves of music and words, numbered The Gentle Shepherd Scottish Comedy By Allan Ramsay The Gentle Shepherd is a pastoral comedy by Allan Ramsay ( - ), a Scottish poet (or makar), playwright, publisher, librarian, and impresario of early Enlightenment Edinburgh. It was first published in and dedicated to Susanna Montgomery, Lady Eglinton, to whom Ramsay gifted the original . Ramsey's pastoral comedy was performed as a 'ballad opera'. This edition of the work comprised musical scores, and boasted seven illustrative plates which had been reprinted from earlier Scottish editions. Reprinting these plates enabled the firm to sell the edition at a lower price than previous editions. 'The Gentle Shepherd'. Earliest ballad operas. Ballad opera has been called an "eighteenth-century protest against the Italian conquest of the London operatic scene" [1] It consists of racy and often satirical spoken (English) dialogue, interspersed with songs that are deliberately kept very short (mostly a single short stanza and refrain) to minimize disruptions to the flow of the story, which involves lower .

The ballad opera is a genre of English stage entertainment that originated in the early 18th century, and continued to develop over the following century and later. Like the earlier comédie en vaudeville and the later Singspiel, its distinguishing characteristic is the use of tunes in a popular style (either pre-existing or newly composed) with spoken dialogue. " tragical-comical-historical-pastoral ": elizabethan dramatic nomenclature 1 by allardyce nicoll, m.a., d. es l. professor of english language and literature in the university of birmingham and director of the shakespeare institute obviously, the subject which i propose to discuss takes.   Daniel Heartz was the first musicologist to link John Gay's The Beggar's Opera () with opéras comiques en vaudevilles, light musical theatre entertainments popular at the annual Paris scholars such as Edmond Gagey and Calhoun Winton had also suggested that French comédies en vaudevilles might have been models for Gay's ‘original’ new genre of the ballad opera. It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today. Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the Librettist: John Gay.

Another publication, in five volumes, was the Tea-Table Miscellany (), which included compositions of his own, as well as many traditional songs and ballads of Scotland. His best known work is a pastoral comedy, The Gentle Shepherd (). This was known and admired by Boswell and Burns amongst others, and was even rewritten as a ballad. ballad operas which was unleashed upon the public during the fifty years following Gay's opera. There was a quality present in The Beggar's Opera which eluded all those who followed Gay faithfully in form, situation, and even in phraseology. When the Author: Verna Tandan.   The tune of the ‘The Yellow Hair’d Laddie’ continued to be used in English ballad operas throughout the s. By the s and ‘50s it continued to appear in popular Scottish collections as a dance tune including William McGibbon’s A collection of Scots Tunes (), Burk Thumoth’s Twelve Scotch and Twelve Irish Airs with Variations (c), and James Missing: Pastoral comedies. Ballad Opera by Rubsamen, Walter H {editor} and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at