Publisher description for Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas / by Ellen T. Harris.
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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Purcell, Henry, -- 1659-1695. -- Dido and Aeneas.
Carthage (Extinct city) -- In literature.
Aeneas (Legendary character)
Dido (Legendary character)