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Airs from The Beggar's Opera for 2 flutes and 2 clarinets


Our Description

The first production of John Gay’s ‘Beggar’s Opera’ created a completely new genre, the ballad opera. Gay rejected the artificiality of the Italian opera and used popular tunes and ballads of the day to which he added his own lyrics. Four of the most charming airs have been chosen for this arrangement.

Difficulty guide: 5-6
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Cease Your Funning (Air: Constant Billy)
  2. Pretty Polly, Say (Air: Pretty Polly Say)
  3. Virgins are Like the Fair Flower (Purcell: What Shall I Do To Show How Much I Love Her)
  4. I'm Like a Skiff on the Ocean Tost (Air: The Happy Clown)

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 4: Bb Clarinet
Category: Music for Flute and Clarinet Ensembles
Publisher: Deben Music
Our Stock Code: 983167
Media Type: Paperback