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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 seventeeth-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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Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" is one of the most belovedoperas in the repertory. Divas flock to the title role; Dido's final "Lament"is a showstopper. Schools and colleges worldwide perform it; early-music groupshave made it a mainstay; Mark Morris's choreographed version of it became oneof his most acclaimed dances.And yet what do we really know about this opera? Thirtyyears ago, I wrote a book about "Dido and Aeneas" -- drawn from Virgil's tellingof the abandonment of Dido, the queen of Carthage, by the Trojan hero Aeneas --at a time we thought we had a good grip on it.But I have just completed a wholly revised second edition,and while we've learned quite a bit about "Dido" in the intervening decades, weknow even less than we did then, or at least less than we had imagined. We canno longer say with certainty in what year the opera was written, where it hadits premiere, who performed it or even what the original score contained -- thevery things that normally provide the foundation for our understanding of apiece of music . . . --New York Times (December 17, 2017)From the Back Cover:
With this meticulously revised edition, Ellen Harris brings her account of "Dido and Aeneas" up to date, engaging with recent archival discoveries and scholarly analyses. Her book will provide welcome guidance for students encountering Purcell's masterpiece for the first time and for scholars who have studied this work for decades. Her love for this remarkable opera shines brightly on every page. --James A. Winn, William Fairfield Warren Professor, Emeritus, Boston University
In preparing this thorough revision of her 1987 study, Ellen Harris has succinctly distilled thirty years of significant developments in the scholarship on "Dido and Aeneas." Her judicious approach to the controversies surrounding "Dido"'s origins and early performances and her keen understanding of the work's subsequent history from the late seventeenth century to the present day make this book an essential resource both for seasoned scholars and for those new to Purcell's extraordinary musical creation. --Andrew R. Walkling, Associate Professor of Early Modern Studies, Binghamton University
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Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0193152533 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1897783
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0193152533