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7 November 2004

Sunday 7 November 2004 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Beggars, Ballads and a Brouhaha!!

Lucie Skeaping looks at the inspiration, background and impact of John Gay's celebrated Beggar's Opera which appeared in London in 1728 as a reaction to the excesses and pretensions of fashionable Italian opera. Far from the exulted realms of the ancient heroes and the classical gods, the opera celebrates the worst of 18th century London street life, featuring beggars, cut-throats, thieves and prostitutes singing the popular ballads of the day.


1 hour


Trad:  Give me my Yellow Hose Again
The City Waites
CD  "The English Tradition"  EUCD 1616

Trad:  Green Stockings
The City Waites
CD "The Musitians of Grope Lane"  MCPS 070969
Trad:  Lumps of Pudding
The City Waites
CD "The English Tradion"  EUCD 1616

Trad:  The Frolic
CD "The Musitians of Grope Lane"  MCPS 070969
The City Waites

Trad: The Song of the Cutpurse
The City Waites
CD "Low and Lusty Songs" SAMHSCD202

Handel:  Julius Ceasar: Overture, Presti omai l'Egizia terra
La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
Jean-Claude Malgoire
James Bowman
CD Astree E8558

GAY John:  The Beggars Opera excerpts:  Pretty Polly say, My heart was so free, Where I laid on Greenland's Coast, O what a pain it is to part, The miser thus a shilling sees, Why how now Madame flirt, Which way shall I turn me, When my hero in court appears, When he holds up his hand, Our selves like the great to secure a retreat, The charge is prepared, The saint turn's sinner, A fox may steal your hens, Since laws were made, Would I might be hanged, Thus I stand like the Turk
Sarah Walker, Charles Daniels, Richard Jackson, Andrian Thompson, Bronwen Mills, Anne Dawson, Bob Hoskins, Ian Caddy
The Broadside Band
Jeremy Barlow - Director
CD Hyperion CDA 66591/2

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