A performance at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, 1729, as portrayed by Giovanni Paolo Pannini (1691–1765).
In The Death of Dido by Giovanni Barbieri, called Guercino (1591– 1666), Dido has stabbed herself with Aeneas’s sword and climbed onto the funeral pyre. Her handmaidens look on in horror; in the background, Aeneas’s ships leave the harbor.
HENRY PURCELL (1659–1695)
YOUR TURN TO EXPLORE
LISTENING GUIDE 7: Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Act III, Dido’s Lament
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THE ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC
Performing Grief: Purcell and