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Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas : Clarendon Paperbacks - Ellen T. Harris

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Clarendon Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 23rd November 1989
ISBN: 9780193152526
Number Of Pages: 212

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Although it takes little more than an hour to perform, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas stands as the greatest operatic achievement of seventeenth-century England. This book demonstrates the opera's deep roots in the theatrical and musical traditions of its day, summarizing the cultural climate in which the opera was composed and analyzing Nahum Tate's libretto in light of seventeenth-century English music text conventions. Harris also evaluates the surviving sources, comparing them with the original libretto, and discusses the work's performance history and critical reception from the first performance through the revivals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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`A fascinating study of the reception of the opera from the late eighteenth century to the post-war Purcell revival.' Curtis Price, Early Music History `a breath of fresh air...Harris has made a significant contribution to the history of performance practice' Times Literary Supplement `concentrated, full of interest' Opera `Here is an exemplary manual for the performer that is as rewarding for the general listener, and one no less illuminating for either.' Music and Musicians `a useful summary of current thinking about Dido and Aeneas.' Margaret Laurie, Music and Letters

List of Platesp. xii
Background to the Music
Introduction to Part Ip. 3
First Performance: Place, Date, and Artistic Climatep. 4
Text: Synopsis and Historyp. 11
Text: Literary Stylep. 34
The Music
Introduction to Part IIp. 45
The Tenbury Manuscript: Discrepancies between it and the Printed Textsp. 49
The Tenbury Manuscript: Omissionsp. 58
Prologuep. 58
Choruses and Dancesp. 64
Musical and Dramatic Structurep. 69
Musical Declamationp. 82
Ground Bass Techniquesp. 107
Performance History
Introduction to Part IIIp. 123
The Late Eighteenth-century Performancesp. 124
Late Eighteenth-century Sourcesp. 125
Musical Adaptationp. 130
The Nineteenth-century Revivalp. 148
Twentieth-century Performance Trendsp. 156
Reorchestrationsp. 156
Authenticityp. 161
Appendix: A Short, Annotated Performance History of Dido and Aeneas
National Premieresp. 165
Editionsp. 166
Recordingsp. 168
Bibliographyp. 174
References to Individual Movementsp. 179
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780193152526
ISBN-10: 0193152525
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 23rd November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.84  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.29