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date: 15 November 2019

Pepusch, Johann Christoph (opera)locked

  • D.F. Cook

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(b Berlin, 1667; d London, July 20, 1752). German composer and theatre musician. Little is known of his early career in Germany. He arrived in London some time after September 1697 and joined the Drury Lane band; in his first ten years in London he rose to an important position there and, after January 1708, at the Queen’s Theatre (later the King’s Theatre), Haymarket. By 1705 he was well known as a prolific composer of instrumental music, and as a performer in and organizer of public and private concerts, but he wrote surprisingly little vocal music for the stage before 1714. In fact only one work was intended as a theatrical production, the pasticcio Thomyris, Queen of Scythia (1707), and that was largely an arrangement of other composers’ music.

When Colley Cibber and his fellow actor-managers at Drury Lane decided to reintroduce musical entertainments for the ...

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