The Beggar's Opera: 3. If Any Wench Venus' Girdle Wear

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Here we meet Peachum's wife, who has overheard him planning to "black-list" one of his less efficient thieves who is also a friend of hers; however, she contents herself with thinking how handsome he will look on his way to the gallows!

In this number the oboe player and the guitar player are having a rest; the recorder players, who have brought an entire case-full with them, are adding a gentle coo to a rather biting arrangement by using tenors.

The original of this tune is a popular song, reputed to be a favourite of Elizabeth I, called "Cold and Raw"

Score ID
Year of composition
John Gay
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Large mixed ensemble
Classical music

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