Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-11)  CPDL #57937:   
Editor: Calebe Barros (submitted 2020-04-11).   Score information: A4, 78 pages, 1.71 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2006-06-12)  CPDL #11860:        (Sibelius 4)
Orchestral Parts: (5 PDFs)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-12).   Score information: Letter, 143 pages, 1.14 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
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Individual movements to CPDL #11860

1. Overture
  • (Posted 2006-04-17)  CPDL #11476:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-17).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Act 1
2a-b. Aria. "Shake the cloud from off your brow" - Chorus. "Banish sorrow, banish care"
  • (Posted 2006-04-23)  CPDL #11531:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
3. Aria and Ritornello. "Ah! Belinda, I am prest with torment"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11719:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
4. Duet. "Grief increases by concealing"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11720:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
5. Chorus. "When monarchs unite"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11721:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
6. Trio. "Whence could so much virtue spring?"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11722:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
7. Duet and Chorus. "Fear no danger"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11723:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
8. Trio. "See, your royal guest appears"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11724:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
9. Chorus. "Cupid only throws the dart"
  • (Posted 2006-05-15)  CPDL #11725:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
10. Aria. "If not for mine"
  • (Posted 2006-05-16)  CPDL #11730:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-16).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
11. Prelude and Aria. "Pursue thy conquest, love"
  • (Posted 2006-05-16)  CPDL #11731:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
12. Chorus. "To the hills and the vales"
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2006-05-17)  CPDL #11738:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-17).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
13. Dance. The triumphing dance
  • (Posted 2006-05-18)  CPDL #11740:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Act 2
14. Prelude and Aria. "Wayward sisters"
  • (Posted 2006-05-19)  CPDL #11750:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-19).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
15. Chorus. "Harm's our delight"
  • (Posted 2006-05-20)  CPDL #11754:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
16. Aria. "The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate"
  • (Posted 2006-05-21)  CPDL #11756:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
17. Chorus. "Ho ho ho!"
  • (Posted 2006-05-21)  CPDL #11757:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
18. Witches' Trio. "Ruin'd ere the set of sun"
  • (Posted 2006-05-21)  CPDL #11758:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
19. Chorus. "Ho ho ho!"
  • (Posted 2006-05-21)  CPDL #11759:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
20. Chorus. "Witches' Duet - But ere we this perform"
  • (Posted 2006-05-22)  CPDL #11763:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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21. Chorus. "In our deep vaulted cell"
  • (Posted 2006-05-24)  CPDL #11773:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-24).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
22. "Echo dance of the furies"
  • (Posted 2006-05-25)  CPDL #11774:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
23. Ritornello
  • (Posted 2006-05-25)  CPDL #11775:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
24a. Aria. "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
  • (Posted 2006-05-28)  CPDL #11786:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-28).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
24b. Chorus. "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
  • (Posted 2006-05-29)  CPDL #11794:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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25a. Aria. "Oft she visits this lone mountain"
  • (Posted 2006-05-30)  CPDL #11796:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-30).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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25b. Ritornello. "A Dance to entertain Aeneas by Dido's Women"
  • (Posted 2006-05-31)  CPDL #11798:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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26. Aria. "Behold, upon my bended spear"
  • (Posted 2006-06-03)  CPDL #11805:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-03).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 34 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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27. Aria and Chorus. "Haste, haste to town"
  • (Posted 2006-06-04)  CPDL #11816:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-04).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
28. Duet. "Stay, Prince"
  • (Posted 2006-06-04)  CPDL #11818:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-04).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Act 3
29. Prelude and Aria. "Come away, fellow sailors"
  • (Posted 2006-04-18)  CPDL #11493:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-18).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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30. Dance. The sailor's dance
  • (Posted 2006-04-20)  CPDL #11521:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
31. Trio. "See the flags and the streamers curling"
  • (Posted 2006-04-22)  CPDL #11523:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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32. Aria. "Our next motion"
  • (Posted 2006-04-22)  CPDL #11526:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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33. Chorus. "Destruction's our delight"
  • (Posted 2006-04-22)  CPDL #11527:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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34. Dance. The witches' dance
  • (Posted 2006-06-04)  CPDL #11819:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-04).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
35a-b. Aria. "Your counsel all is urg'd in vain" - Trio. "See, madam where the Prince appears"
  • (Posted 2006-06-12)  CPDL #11857:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-12).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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36. Chorus. "Great minds against themselves conspire"
  • (Posted 2006-05-27)  CPDL #11778:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-05-27).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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37. Aria. "Thy hand Belinda, darkness shades me"
  • (Posted 2006-06-06)  CPDL #11824:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-06).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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38. Ground, Aria and Ritornello. "When I am laid in earth"
  • (Posted 2006-04-17)  CPDL #11479:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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39. Chorus. "With drooping wings"
  • (Posted 2006-06-07)  CPDL #11836:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Excerpts and arrangements

29. Chorus: "Come away, fellow sailors"

  • (Posted 2017-11-19)  CPDL #47507:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The chorus written out for a cappella choir.

Final scene "Thy hand … When I am laid … With drooping"

37. Aria. "Thy hand Belinda, darkness shades me"
  • (Posted 2013-08-18)  CPDL #29874:     
Editor: Shaun Pirttijarvi (submitted 2013-08-18).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original instrumentation. Please email me if you require a transposition.
  • (Posted 2009-05-01)  CPDL #19367:  Network.png PDFs and Midi available
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2009-05-01).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 69 kB   (full score 12 pages, 83KB) Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Set for wind quartet, soprano solo, and SATB choir (or a cappella). Vocal and full scores available, and instrument parts.

General Information

Title: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, plus 9 solo roles: 2 mezzo-sopranos, 5 sopranos, 2 tenors
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: English
Instruments: Strings: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Basso Continuo/Harpsichord)


First published: 1841 Musical Antiquarian Society
  2nd published: 1889 Purcell Society Works ed. Cummings
  3rd published: 1925 ed. Dent (after Tenbury version)
Description: Fowler's edition CPDL #11860 is based on MS 1266 (5) at St. Michaels College, Tenbury, a mid-18c copy. The earliest printed scores (1841 & 1889) follow 4 late-18c mss., making the Sorceress a bass and calling Belinda "Anna", besides differing considerably in musical details. Of the original version only a late 17c libretto survives. It includes 5 lost items: a prologue, dances with guitars following 11. "Pursue thy conquest, love" and 24. "Thanks to these lonesome vales", another witches' scene after Mercury's "Stay, prince, and hear", and an epilogue "All that we know the angels do above".

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Dido and Aeneas.