Musical Borrowing
An Annotated Bibliography

Individual record

[+] Rubsamen, Walter. “The Jovial Crew: History of a Ballad Opera.” In International Musicological Society Congress Report 7 Cologne 1958, ed. Gerald Abraham, Suzanne Clerx-Le Jeune, Hellmut Federhofer, and Wilhelm Pfannkuch, 240-43. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1959.

The Jovial Crew, an eighteenth-century ballad opera based on Richard Brome’s play of the same name, was composed primarily from popular tunes. The songs used are mainly of dance origin, and are synonymous with the English nationalist paradigms propagated in ballad operas. The ballad opera was subject to subsequent revivals, which changed the songs’ texts and music or omitted them entirely.

Works: Anonymous: The Jovial Crew (240–43).

Sources: Anonymous: Which Nobody Can Deny (241), Under the Greenwood Tree (241), Now Ponder Well (241), Young Philander lov’d me long (242), Gilderoy (242), Now ponder well! (242), To you, fair ladies, now on land (242); John Barrett: The St. Catherine; James Paisible: Room Room for a Rover; Purcell: A New Scotch Tune (241), Lilliburlero (242); Richard Leveridge: One Sunday After Mass (242).

Index Classifications: 1700s

Contributed by: Maria Fokina

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