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English theatre music in the eighteenth century / Roger Fiske.

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    91.4 commentary/FIS

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    xvi, 684 p., xvi p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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When Roger Fiske's English Theatre Music in the Eighteenth Century first appeared in 1973, it was hailed as a pioneering and scholarly reference work in a field then largely unexplored. The author discusses all the dramatic genres of the eighteenth-century English theatre, from pantomime to opera, and vividly portrays the chief protagonists of this world in an entertaining prose, liberally peppered with anecdotes. As well as discussing in detail the classics of the century, such as Gay's The Beggar's Opera , Dr Fiske summarizes the work of lesser-known composers, and establishes the musical interest of much eighteenth-century English drama. This new edition includes many corrections and revisions made in the light of recent research. Students and scholars of English opera, drama, and music in the eighteenth century.