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[The dragon of Wantley]

Title
[The dragon of Wantley] [graphic].
Publication
[173-? or later]

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Dra 1Still imageBy appointment onlyCheck with staff*MGZFA-17 Anon Dra 1-2 Dra 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
Dra 2Still imageBy appointment onlyCheck with staff*MGZFA-17 Anon Dra 1-2 Dra 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Description
2 prints : engraving, b&w; 40 x 25 cm. or smaller, image 11 x 19 cm.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Engravings.
Note
  • Moor circulating the cheerful glass is numbered at top right: 4.
  • Moore coaxing Mauxalinda is numbered at top right: 12.
Source (note)
  • Lincoln Kirstein.
Biography (note)
  • The dragon of Wantley (music, John Frederick Lampe; libretto, Henry Carey) was first performed at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, London, in 1737, and was so well received that it soon moved to the larger Covent Garden theatre, where it was presented in its definitive three-act form. Based on a Yorkshire legend, it featured a dragon (sung by a bass) that was vanquished by Moore of Moore-Hall, a man with two romantic interests, his current love Margery and his "cast-off mistress" Mauxalinda. Although this work was meant as a satire of the artificiality and overblown sentimentality of contemporary Italian opera, it was transcended by its score, the only one of Lampe's operas to survive in its entirety.
  • Although these illustrations do not include the artist's name or signature, they may have been engraved by George Bickham, 1706?-1771, for the song collection The musical entertainer, the first edition of which appeared in 1737.
Contents
Moor[e] circulating the cheerful glass [song from Act I: Zeno, Plato, Aristotle] -- Moore coaxing Mauxalinda [song from Act I: By ye beer as brown as berry].
Call Number
*MGZFA-17 Anon Dra 1-2
OCLC
771303668
Title
[The dragon of Wantley] [graphic].
Imprint
[173-? or later]
Summary
Illustrated sheet music for songs from the burlesque opera The dragon of Wantley, each containing music for accompanied voice and flute. Both depict the principal male character, Moore of Moore-Hall (described in the libretto as a valiant knight), costumed in the tonnelet, a short hoop-skirt worn by male ballet dancers in the eighteenth-century.
Biography
The dragon of Wantley (music, John Frederick Lampe; libretto, Henry Carey) was first performed at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, London, in 1737, and was so well received that it soon moved to the larger Covent Garden theatre, where it was presented in its definitive three-act form. Based on a Yorkshire legend, it featured a dragon (sung by a bass) that was vanquished by Moore of Moore-Hall, a man with two romantic interests, his current love Margery and his "cast-off mistress" Mauxalinda. Although this work was meant as a satire of the artificiality and overblown sentimentality of contemporary Italian opera, it was transcended by its score, the only one of Lampe's operas to survive in its entirety.
Although these illustrations do not include the artist's name or signature, they may have been engraved by George Bickham, 1706?-1771, for the song collection The musical entertainer, the first edition of which appeared in 1737.
Local Note
Cataloging funds provided by Friends of Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Source
Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Added Author
Lampe, John Frederick, 1703?-1751. Dragon of Wantley. Zeno, Plato, Aristotle ; arranged.
Lampe, John Frederick, 1703?-1751. Dragon of Wantley. By ye beer ; arranged.
Carey, Henry, 1687?-1743. Librettist
Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. Donor
Research Call Number
*MGZFA-17 Anon Dra 1-2
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