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Rethinking American Music$
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Tara Browner and Thomas L. Riis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042324

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042324.001.0001

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Love in a Village and a New Direction for Musical Theater in Eighteenth-Century America

Love in a Village and a New Direction for Musical Theater in Eighteenth-Century America

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(p.77) 4 Love in a Village and a New Direction for Musical Theater in Eighteenth-Century America
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Rethinking American Music
Author(s):

Sterling E. Murray

, Tara Browner, Thomas L. Riis
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042324.003.0005

This chapter reviews the compositional history of Love in a Village, a pastiche—a form in which borrowed songs are blended with original music--by Arne, Giardini, Geminiani, and Boyce, among others. In this case study, Murray examines the foundations of music theater in eighteenth-century America through the lens of David Douglass’s American Company, which first performed Love in a Village in the New World in Charleston in 1766. The author raises the question of how Douglass’s troupe succeeded financially and how in doing so it created a “new direction” for early American musical theater, an orientation and production concept that required trained voices and fuller orchestras, forces well in excess of those typically used for older ballad operas.

Keywords:   Patronage, pastiche opera [pasticcio], David Douglass, American Company, Love in a Village, Charleston, ballad opera

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