Dido and Aeneas. An Opera Performed at Mr. Josias Priest’s Boarding School at Chelsea By Young Gentlewomen. The Words Made by Mr. Nahum Tate. Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell): Synopsis, Libretto, Highlights, MIDI, Noten, Sheet Music. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a gem, but the libretto, written by the man who gave King Lear a happy ending, has been widely mocked. Not any.

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All that’s good you have forswore. C1 Walkling, Andrew This was a time when tragedy was turning inwards. Dido dies after singing her lament, “When I am laid in earth.

All aaeneas characters begin to clear the stage after a dance in three sections, and then disperse. This would leave Dido heartbroken, and she would surely die. Kaum hat sie mir ihr Herz geschenkt, Da bin ich schon gezwungen, aus ihrer Umarmung zu fliehen. Anchises’ valour mix’d with Venus’ charms How soft in peace, and yet how fierce in arms!

This page was last edited on 30 Septemberat Partitur download Klavierauszug download. D E Dido und Aeneas Personen: Although he did not tap into Purcell’s gift for comedy or spectacle, he did speak to the composer’s gift for setting words with heartfelt emotion.

They sing in F minor, which is the ‘evil key’ – you don’t often get it in Purcell. In Virgil, the gods first bring them together, and then intervene to remind Aeneas that he is being distracted from his greater mission – the founding of Rome. Librettl score in Purcell’s hand is extant, and the only seventeenth-century source is a libretto, possibly from the original performance. And Venus Graces Flowing.


Purcell responds feelingly to Tate’s hints and compact phrases. It’s what Shakespeare does with ddio porter’s scene in Macbeth. ACT I Dido, queen of Carthage, cannot bring herself to admit her love for the Trojan prince Aeneas, a guest at her court; he is soon to resume his journey in search of a site for a new city to replace Troy. Soft and gentle as her heart Keep here your watch, and never part. There are a number of editions with realisations, and the opera’s accessibility to amateur performers is a feature that has greatly abetted the growth of its popularity in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Dido and Aeneas: Synopsis – Opera Libretti

Come Ye Sons of Art The bereft queen piles her lover’s belongings into a funeral pyre, on top of which she stabs herself. Leopold Stokowski made a aenesa orchestra arrangement of “Dido’s Lament” and in addition to his own recordings, others who have recorded it include Matthias BamertJose SerebrierRichard Egarr and Iona Brown.

Mark Morris Dance Group, Work details: Suddenly Aeneas returns, but Dido is full of fear before Aeneas speaks, and his words only serve to confirm her suspicions. List of compositions by Henry Purcell. The group is pleased at how well their plan has worked, and the Sorceress sings a solo describing her further plans for the destruction of Aeneas “on the ocean”. The music is sometimes thought to be too simple for Purcell inbut this may simply reflect that the intended performers were schoolchildren.

Dido and Aeneas

The dates libetto the composition and first performance of the opera are uncertain. A lot of action is going on, with attendants carrying goods from the hunt and a picnic possibly taking place, and Dido and Aeneas are together within the activity. Dido, Queen of Carthage c. Exit Spirit But ah! All Resigning, None Repining. Tate selected a familiar episode from Virgil’s Aeneid, in which Aeneas, a refugee from Troy, comes to Carthage and falls in love with the widowed queen, Dido.


Deborah Warner, who directed an acclaimed recent production in Vienna, marvels at the “fantastic clash of high comedic scenes, followed a second later by painful tragedy.

OPERA-GUIDE: Dido and Aeneas

Harris considers the callousness aensas cynicism of the song to underline the “moral” of the story, that young women should not succumb to the advances and promises of ardent young men. The sailors sing a song, which is followed shortly by the Sorceress and her companions’ sudden appearance. The earliest extant score, held in the Bodleian Librarywas copied no earlier thanwell over sixty ahd after the opera was composed.

Mark Morris, in llibretto celebrated dance version ofplayed both Dido and the Sorceress, as if the self-destructive queen urged her own ruin. The opera opens with Dido in her court with her attendants. Elissa blutet heut nacht, und Karthago steht morgen in Flammen. Opposites attract dancer Mark Morris.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elissa dies tonight, And Carthage flames tomorrow. Anker werden gelichtet und Segel entfaltet.

Bei der Erde und beim Himmel will ich klagen! Der Tod ist nun ein willkommener Gast.

These are all my Guards ye View, What can these blind Archers do. Virgil ‘s Aeneid 19 BC. First performance at Josias Priest’s school in Chelsea, London, before Decemberwith a possible earlier performance as a court masque in