Love in a Village
A Comic Opera
Edition no.
Volume / Series
OPERA Spectrum of European Music Theatre in Separate Editions 4
Joncus, Berta / Ozmo, Žak / Rogers, Vanessa L.
Bickerstaff, Isaac / Toms, Edward
Instrumentation of the work
Soloists, Choir, Orchestra
Language(s) of work
Language(s) of text
English, German
Product format
Edition of selected works, Score, Critical commentary, USB flash drive, Urtext edition
Pages / Format
XL, 242 S. - 33,1 x 26,5 cm
"Love in a Village" was first performed on 8 December 1762 at the Covent Garden Theatre (London). It was to become one of the most popular British musical stage works of the century, and by 1791 it had also gained international acclaim. The question of why this pastiche comic opera was able to develop this special attraction can be described in terms of fashion and tradition. By bringing stylistically sophisticated compositions by various well-known composers into the traditional "Ballad Opera", the theatre makers succeeded in renewing traditional ways of producing and performing playhouse entertainment.

The music of "Love in a Village" stems from four sources: Vocal music from the amusement gardens, Italian opera arias from the 1750s and 1760s, theatrical or occasional music and folk melodies. Love in a Village" thus further developed the methods first used by "Ballad Opera" to create a comic opera from a sentimental plot and pre-existent vocal compositions.

The fourth volume in our OPERA series consists of a linen-bound volume and an Edirom file stored on a USB card in credit-card format. The number of simultaneous users of the edition's digital component is unlimited.

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Press reviews
“this edition represents a valuable contribution to our knowledge of eighteenth-century British music theatre and to questions of intertextuality and collabora-tion, and in its hybrid format it offers an exciting blueprint for the future of a theoretically and technologically reinvigorated discipline of music editing and textual criticism.”
(Joe Lockwood, Music & Letters May 2022)
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