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10. The Theatrical Candidates (1775)
Music by William Bates, text by Garrick.

Title page, William Bates, The Theatrical Candidates (London: Printed & Sold by I. Johnston, [1775])

William Bates, The Theatrical Candidates (London: Printed & Sold by I. Johnston, [1775])
RCM Library, H249/4
 

The candidates are Tragedy (Melpomene), Comedy (Thalia) and Pantomime (Harlequin) and the theme of this celebratory, musical work, a Prelude - short topical work - is which of them is to dominate in the new Drury Lane Theatre, opened in September 1775. It was written for the opening of the rebuilt theatre. The prelude, like pantomime, was used to parody other theatrical forms.
 

p. 18 (= [Song for Harlequin]), William Bates, The Theatrical Candidates (London: Printed & Sold by I. Johnston, [1775])

William Bates, The Theatrical Candidates (London: Printed & Sold by I. Johnston, [1775])
RCM Library, H249/4
 

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