Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III, “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament)

No one knows for sure when the English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) wrote his three-act Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, though it is believed to have been completed sometime between 1683 and 1688.  The work is one of Purcell’s best remembered theatrical compositions and his only true opera. He based the music on the play BrutusContinue reading “Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III, “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament)”

Dance of the Blessed Spirits

I set off to YouTube to find a classical piece to share with you today. After dismissing some sappy movie soundtrack excerpts, I searched further and then cruised through the suggested videos.   Today’s selection caught my attention with the intriguing title, “Dance of the Blessed Spirits.” It comes from Act II of the opera, OrfeoContinue reading “Dance of the Blessed Spirits”