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Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Ellen T. Harris


Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas stands as the greatest operatic achievement of seventeenth-century England, and yet the work remains cloaked in mystery. The date and place of its first performance cannot be fixed with precision, and the accuracy of the surviving scores cannot be assumed. In this thirtieth-anniversary new edition of her book, Ellen Harris provides a detailed consideration of the many theories that have been proposed for the opera’s origin and chronology. She re-evaluates the surviving sources for the various readings they offer and examines the work’s historical position in Restorati ... More

Keywords: Libretto, Chronology, Allegory, Sources, Formal structure, Harmonic patterns, Text setting, Declamation, Ground bass, Performance history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190271664
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190271664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen T. Harris, author
Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus, MIT