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Listening Assignment - Baroque Opera


  1. While reading the text and translation, listen to Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Act I, "Tornerai?," "Speranza, tu mi vai" [CD 1-20 & 21, Cass. 1B-2]




  2. While reading the text, listen to Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, Act III, final scene, "Thy Hand, Belinda," "When I am laid," "With drooping wings" [CD 1-22 & 23, Cass. 1B-3]




  3. Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi was the first great opera composer but he was also a great composer of madrigals. Try to recall your in-class impressions of Italian madrigals.
    Purcell was the first composer of English of opera. Think about this and remember we have studied the Elizabethan madrigal "As Vesta Was…" by Purcell predecessor Thomas Weelkes.