Sparkling miniature opera, filled with intense drama and elegant song, lasts no more than an hour, yet unfolds a virtuoso range of expressive music, from a high-spirited sailors' dance to Dido's touching lament "When I am laid in earth." First presented in 1689, it remains the oldest operatic work still popularly performed. Authoritative early edition.
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AENEAS Allegro Alto Bass Basso Belinda Charmes CHORUS cool sha cure the smart Dance Dido and Eneas Dorothy Burk drive em back droop droop-ing e’re Enter Dido fair the game Fear fhall field no shel ﬁnd ﬁrst fountains ful dread Grief should ne’er Harm’s Harpsichord haste to town haste,haste to town heav’n Henry Purcell ho ho ho ish Ban Josias Josias Priest Let the tri libretto ling ly cure ly throws minds a-gainst mor-row Musical Antiquarian Society Nahum Tate ne’er ap nev-er night oq oq oq pen field plot has took prac Priest’s boarding-school proach the fair Purcell Purcell’s RECIT rior’s heart ro loves Rutland House sian bowers Siege of Rhodes sire soft SONG Soprano SORCERESS spire storm stran strew your path Tenor Thefe throws the dart tice tri-umph at once,o’er umphs vault Viola Violino 12 WITCH wounds young gentlewomen