Title: The beggar’s opera / written by Mr. Gay, pages 8 and 9.

Creator: Gay, John, 1685-1732.

Date: 1742

Bibliographic Citation: Gay, John, 1685-1732. The beggar’s opera / written by Mr. Gay. London : Printed for John Watts …, 1742.

Notes: This copy of The Beggar’s Opera includes the musical score to the performance. Readers could not only follow the lines of the play act by act, but could even recreate the musical pieces of the opera itself. As scholars of print culture have suggested, printed attempts to recreate experience through text affected people’s engagement with live performances. A libretto like this one shaped people’s encounters with the show itself.

Language: English

Subject: Ballad operas — Librettos.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Print in the Media Ecology

Exhibition Theme: The Stage

Call Number: PR1269 H63 v.23 Rare Books/Special Collections

Image Identifier: 003_PR1269_H63_v23_gay_beggars_opera-page8-titlepage