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)”

Vincent

The American singer-songwriter Don McLean is likely best known for his hit song “American Pie,” but one of his most remarkable compositions has to be “Vincent,” which came from the same album, American Pie (1971). Often misidentified by its opening refrain, “Starry, starry night…” “Vincent” is a beautiful, poignant homage to the Dutch post-impressionist painterContinue reading “Vincent”

Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi (from the film, Amelie)

Soon after our first grandchild was born, Sweety and I travelled to London, England to meet him. We figured we’d spend a few weeks cooking for and helping the parents as this was their first child. But they were doing so well that we decided to take a five-day trip to Paris, France in theContinue reading “Comptine d’ un autre été, l’après-midi (from the film, Amelie)”