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Polly Perkins Of Paddington Green part 07

Polly Perkins Of Paddington Green part 07

Composer: Clifton, Harry

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: H.1264.(2.)

Item number: Tract (2.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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Music Hall songs were not written for the critic, the intellectual or scholar, they were for the people in the 'pit', the audience. Audiences were not afraid to shout their disapproval and even when enjoying the performance heckling was common. Simple humour and tragedy were the most popular topics, songs about the 'mother in law' and 'unrequited love', were popular, as is the case here. Choruses had to be simple and catchy so that everyone could join in, and the characters satirised by the performers had to be familiar so that anyone could sympathise with them.

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