Friday, January 31, 2014

On Replay: Dido's Lament

This post strays a little bit from the teaching aspect of music...but not really. Music history is an important part of a complete music education and dance shares a lot of history with music.
Ever keep playing a song over and over? Or it seems to play itself over and over in your head? Well, Purcell's "When I Am Laid In Earth" (often referred to as "Dido's Lament") from Dido and Aeneas is such a piece for me right now.
It's pretty cool how time periods and disciplines are meshed with the use of part of Virgil's Aeneid (literature) as inspiration for Purcell's opera, which then had a modern dance set to its music (see video), eh? And more than just operatic performers have sung Dido's Lament...did you know Jeff Buckley (whom I don't know much about) also sang it? You can listen to this podcast from the BBC for more info.
Below is was a clip from the Mark Morris Dance Group's performance set to Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.*

Also, here's an interesting interview with the choreographer. I think knowing some of the history of a work adds to its interest (especially the part about sign language in the MMDG performance). What do you think? *Warning: there is some language in the interview :(*

Was this a kind of rambling post? Maybe I'd rather you not answer that. :)
Have a lovely day!

*Edit: I decided to remove the clip, since it wasn't from the MMDG YouTube channel.

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