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Purcell, Henry Henry Purcell
United Kingdom United Kingdom
(1659 - 1695)
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› Palmer, Paul R (1)
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Violin Sheet music String Quintet : 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello Henry Purcell
Purcell, Henry: "When I am Laid in Earth" (Dido's Lament) for String Quintet

"When I am Laid in Earth" (Dido's Lament) for String Quintet
Z. 626 No. 37
Henry Purcell

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Composer :Henry PurcellHenry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
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String Quintet : 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello

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Henry PurcellMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1688
Copyright :Public Domain
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar.

Dido and Aeneas (Z. 626)[1] is an opera in a prologue and three acts, written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate. The first known performance was at Josias Priest's girls' school in London no later than the summer of 1688. The story is based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid. It recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. A monumental work in Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. It was also Purcell's first opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work. One of the earliest English operas, it owes much to John Blow's Venus and Adonis, both in structure and in overall effect.

The soprano aria "When I am laid in Earth" is the 37th song from the opera (Z. 626/37) and is the most famous excerpt from this work. It can be counted among the finest moments in all of opera. Deserted by her lover, Aeneas, Dido sings her final lament, knowing that she must die without him. She sings first to her handmaiden, Belinda, in a tender and affecting recitative; the aria which follows is built on a five-bar ground bass. Purcell's manipulation of this compositional device, as well as his scrupulous avoidance of sentimental indulgence accounts for the scene's fame. Richard Wagner must surely have known of this scene when he composed his own "Love-Death" in Tristan und Isolde.

Although this piece was originally written for Voice (Opera) and String Orchestra, I arranged it for String Quintet (2 Violins, 2 Violas & Cello).
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Added by magataganm the 2015-10-12

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