Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas"

Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas"

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 12 halftones, music examples
  • 0193152525
  • 9780193152526
  • 1,108,993

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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 Lettersshow more