D'Urfey, Thomas

D'Urfey, Thomas

(dûr`fē), 1653–1723, English songwriter and dramatist. His comedies for the stage were forerunners of the ballad opera. In 1699–1700 Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, which included his own witty, satirical songs and many older tunes adapted to new lyrics, played in London. This was a major source for ballad operas, including the tunes of John Gay's Beggar's Opera.
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(106) Jonathan Pritchard, 'D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ([Oxford]: Oxford University Press, 2004) <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/8313> [accessed 11 May 2010].