Love in a Village

Joncus, Berta; Ozmo, Žak and Rogers, Vanessa. 2020. Love in a Village. Bärenreiter, Kassel, Germany. [Other]

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_Love in a Village_ (1762), the most popular English comic opera of the eighteenth century, is now the first-ever hybrid critical edition of a British musical work. This edition reveals lead tenor and Covent Garden playhouse manager John Beard to have been the chief agent behind _Love in a Village_, long erroneously attributed to Thomas Arne; in fact, its medley of favourite airs of the period was arranged by trumpeter royal Edward Toms. The edition includes a hard-copy score and an online critical apparatus linked to searchable digitized primary sources.

First performed at Covent Garden on 8 December 1762, _Love in a Village_ held the British stage for decades and was a hit as far away as New York, St Petersburg, and Calcutta. Its music derived from London’s pleasure garden concerts, Italian opera arias of the 1750s and 1760s, theatrical and occasional song, and common tunes. Combining within one work both humble music and sophisticated compositions by Arne, Handel, and Francesco Geminiani, among others, _Love in a Village_ built on and refreshed the techniques of ballad opera for attracting audiences and creating playhouse stars.

The publication of _Love in a Village_ has been supported by the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature, as the fourth volume of OPERA – Spectrum of European Music Theater in Individual Editions. This series, which has received over 25 million euros in research investment, is dedicated to creating critical editions of outstanding works of European musical theatre from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries.

Item Type:

Other

Identification Number (DOI):

9790006543205

Additional Information:

ISMN 9790006543205
Edition no. BA 8814

Keywords:

18th-century opera, stars, pastiche, hybrid edition, Baerenreiter, John Beard

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music

Date:

June 2020

Item ID:

20356

Date Deposited:

26 Apr 2017 14:14

Last Modified:

16 Jul 2020 13:40

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20356

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