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Henry Purcell: Dido And Aeneas - Vocal Score

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Opera (OPERA)
Skill Level: Advanced - Explain this
Composer: Henry Purcell
Catalogue #: NOV070318
ISBN: 9780853602842


Henry Purcell’s only Opera proper, Dido and Aeneas is a magnificent example of English Baroque music, with lively dances and passionate aria sections that demonstrate Purcell’s masterful compositional and choral writing skill. Based on a libretto by Nahum Tate it was first performed in 1689, comprises three acts and lasts about an hour.

Filled with dramatic lyricism with a wide range of musical and emotional content, it is a monumental Baroque composition considered to be one of England’s foremost operatic works. Dido and Aeneas contains all the elements for a successful opera including a shipwreck, sorcery, love and lost love and death.

This is the Vocal and Full Operatic Score, edited by Margaret Laurie and Thurston Dart. With its interesting and imaginative realization and authentic editorial process this is an excellent edition that features some performing choices and variants and also includes the reconstructed prologue.

Henry Purcell: Dido And Aeneas - Vocal Score reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
7 out of 10


Edinburgh GB Bel canto singing teacher
Good value, portable performance friendly piano/vocal score.
Short score pages are a little less easy to read - minor point
Confirmed purchase: 26 April 2016
Published on: 10 May 2016
10 out of 10


Edinburgh GB
Exactly what I needed and wanted.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 11 April 2016
Published on: 25 April 2016
10 out of 10


Horowhenua, New Zealand GB Music teacher, choir director
This is a well known and trusted edition of a truly great musical work.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 27 November 2015
Published on: 08 January 2016

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating This edition is the one used for the justly famous Janet Baker / Anthony Lewis performance presently available on Decca Legends. I used this same edition (after considerable research among performing editions) some 20+ years ago when conducting Dido for a college production. It is imaginatively realized, scrupulously edited and contains some performing choices and variants. The reconstructed prologue is also included. Although interesting, it borrows exclusively from other Purcell scores. Buy this for the opera proper; it is an excellent edition.
Timothy R. Carpenter

Customer Rating Very good but not the clearest for my ageing vision. A slightly larger page size would be better for me. Otherwise fine.
See more reviews by GRR - (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This 1960s edition has extensive appendices including the best reconstruction of the prologue that I have seen. This makes it an essential purchase for anyone wishing to perform the opera with the prologue, but unfortunately the rest of the edition is outdated in its editorial methods, making it unsuitable to use for an authentic period performance, or for serious academic study of the work.
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Format: Vocal Score
Length: 112 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Novello & Co Ltd.
Editor: Thurston Dart; Margaret Laurie

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