The Beggars Opera
Vocal score, libretto, full score and parts on hire
Forces or Category: Soloists, SATB chorus, chamber orchestra & continuo
Orchestration: fl, 2 ob, hp, kbd, str
for soloists, male and female chorus, small orchestra, and continuo
This scholarly performing edition restores the music of this ballad-opera to its original eighteenth-century state. It reconstructs the scoring of the songs from the evidence of surviving ballad-opera material from the period. The arrangements are historically authentic and dramatically plausible; their flexibility allows for performance by groups of widely differing size and constitution, whether professional or amateur.