Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" (Paperback)
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Short Description for Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" This detailed study examines the operatic work's historical position in the Restoration theatre, and shows that, far from being an operatic anomaly, it was deeply rooted in 17th century English theatrical and musical traditions.
- Published: 19 January 1990
- Format: Paperback 196 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780193152526 ISBN 10: 0193152525
- Sales rank: 1,020,720
Full description for Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas"
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas stands as the greatest operatic achievement of seventeenth-century England. Ellen Harris's comprehensive study examines the work in its historical and cultural context, with detailed coverage of contemporary performance practice and of the work's performance history and critical reception. The author examines the various surviving sources - all of which postdate the first performance by at least 80 years - and discusses their inconsistencies with Nahum Tate's original libretto. A useful reference section includes a critical discography and appendices charting a historical survey of national premieres and of editions.