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Dibdin, Charles

The Recruiting Serjeant

The Recruiting Serjeant

Voices and Chamber Orchestra

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This short opera, composed for the summer entertainments given in the circular rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens, is spiced with character songs and village dialect. It tells of a recruiting sergeant who contrives to enlist farmer Joe by painting a picture of soldierly heroics. Joe, however, has only feigned interest to vex his wife – preferring all along the home farm and his evening pint. This facsimile edition of one of the very few English operas of the time published in full score, is introduced by Robert Hoskins.

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All of our published editions are approximately 9 x 12 (trimmed at 305 x 220 mmm) unless specified in the description above. The digital version has the same dimensions as our print version.

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