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Gay, John 1685-1732

Overview
Works: 2,627 works in 11,441 publications in 6 languages and 117,734 library holdings
Genres: Ballad operas  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Librettos  Picaresque drama  Vocal scores  Biographies  Operas  Masques (Music)  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Translator, Other, Composer, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Creator, Editor, Adapter, Honoree, Scenarist, Illustrator, Musician, Performer
Classifications: PR3474, 822.5
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Gay
The beggar's opera by John Gay( )

749 editions published between 1072 and 2021 in 7 languages and held by 11,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, John Gay turned the conventions of Italian opera riotously upside-down, instead using traditional popular ballads and street tunes, while also indulging in political satire at the expense of the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole
Fables by the late Mr. Gay. In one volume complete by John Gay( )

292 editions published between 1764 and 2010 in English and French and held by 3,647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acis and Galatea by Georg Friedrich Händel( )

52 editions published between 1951 and 2019 in English and German and held by 2,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Feb. 1978 in Henry Wood Hall, London
The beggar's opera : as it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincolns-Inn-Fields by John Gay( )

241 editions published between 1728 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fables. By the late Mr. Gay by John Gay( )

142 editions published between 1733 and 2018 in English and held by 1,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polly : an opera. Being the second part of The beggar's opera. Written by Mr. Gay by John Gay( )

111 editions published between 1729 and 1777 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beggar's opera by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

122 editions published between 1929 and 2021 in 4 languages and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

N 1981 Richard Bonynge, together with an illustrious cast of singers (Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, et. al.) and actors (Angela Lansbury, Warren Mitchell, Michael Hordern, et. al.) went into Kingsway Hall for a recording of a new edition (by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley) of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Written in 1728, it is a ballad opera in three acts (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 time.) Running for 62 consecutive performances, the piece notched up a record the longest run in theatre history up to that time. Unlike other existing recordings of The Beggar's Opera, this new performing edition features opera stars alongside great actors as well as a full-size (double woodwind) orchestra. One of the most sought after of Sutherland/Bonynge collaborations, the original CD has long been out of print and here reappears with the original liner notes as well as the full libretto
Fables. By the late Mr Gay. Volume the second by John Gay( )

103 editions published between 1738 and 1772 in 3 languages and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shepherd's week : In six pastorals. By Mr. J. Gay by John Gay( )

96 editions published between 1714 and 2018 in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trivia, or, The art of walking the streets of London by John Gay( )

100 editions published between 1701 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems on several occasions : By Mr. John Gay by John Gay( )

104 editions published between 1729 and 1778 in English and Undetermined and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wine : a poem by John Gay( )

70 editions published between 1708 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gay's first known printed piece, in which he denies that water-drinkers can make successful authors. cf. Oxford companion to English literature
The poetical works of John Gay : including 'Polly', 'The beggar's opera' and selections from the other dramatic work by John Gay( Book )

31 editions published between 1926 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighteenth century plays by John Hampden( Book )

16 editions published between 1928 and 1980 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beggar's opera, written by Mr Gay by John Gay( )

99 editions published between 1728 and 2018 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fables. By the late Mr. John Gay. In two parts. Complete in one volume by John Gay( )

45 editions published between 1774 and 2018 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beggar's opera by John Gay( Visual )

62 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ballad opera set among London's 18th century criminal classes, full of satirical jibes about corruption in high places
The beggar's opera( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events that climaxes in a parody of 18th-century England's passion for sentimental tragedy. In addition to its burlesque of the then-current vogue for Italian operatic styles, this satirical 1728 play ridicules a broad spectrum of political figures and social conventions, depicting crime and vice at every level of society. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time. Its immense popularity provided funds for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, to be built and also catapulted its leading lady to fame. Influential prototype for Threepenny Opera
The beggar's opera : a ballad-opera by John Gay (1728) in a new musical version realised from the original airs : op. 43 by Benjamin Britten( )

54 editions published between 1949 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay with music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch. 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 time
Poems on several occasions. By Mr. John Gay. by John Gay( )

54 editions published between 1720 and 1767 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The beggar's opera
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Fables by the late Mr. Gay. In one volume completeThe beggar's opera : as it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincolns-Inn-FieldsFables. By the late Mr. GayThe shepherd's week : In six pastorals. By Mr. J. GayTrivia, or, The art of walking the streets of LondonWine : a poemThe beggar's opera, written by Mr GayFables. By the late Mr. John Gay. In two parts. Complete in one volumeThe beggar's opera
Alternative Names
A. John Gay

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Gay 1685-1732

Gay 1685-1732 Mister

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Gay, Johann 1685-1732

Gay, Johnann 1685-1732

Gay Juan

Gay, Juan 1685-1732

Gay, Mister 1685-1732

Gay, Mr., 1685-1732

Ge, Ioann

Ge, Ioann 1685-1732

John Gay

John Gay angielski poeta i dramaturg

John Gay anglický básník a dramatik

John Gay angol költő, drámaíró

John Gay Brits auteur

John Gay écrivain britannique

John Gay englischer Schriftsteller

John Gay poeta e dramaturgo britânico

John Gay poeta e drammaturgo britannico

Τζον Γκέι Άγγλος ποιητής και δραματουργός

Гей, Джон, 1685-1732.

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Гэй Д. 1685-1732

Джон Гей

Джон Гей английский поэт и драматург

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Languages
English (2,587)

German (57)

French (22)

Spanish (2)

Irish (1)

Italian (1)