Purcell's Works: Operas and Semi-Operas


(Semi-)Operas

Incidental Music

Songs/Arias/Catches

Odes/Welcome Songs

Anthems/Services

Instrumental

Portrait of Purcell

Dido and Aeneas
Dioclesian
King Arthur
The Fairy Queen
The Indian Queen
The Tempest
Timon of Athens



Z626 Opera (1689)
Dido and Aeneas [N Tate]
  • Z626/1
  • Overture
    -Act 1-
  • Z626/2a
  • Aria
    Shake the cloud from off your brow {S (Belinda)}
  • Z626/2b
  • Chorus
    Banish sorrow, banish care {chor}
  • Z626/3
  • Aria and Ritornello
    Ah! Belinda, I am prest with torment {S (Dido)}
  • Z626/4
  • Duet (dialogue)
    Grief increases by concealing {SS}
  • Z626/5
  • Chorus
    When monarchs unite {chor}
  • Z626/6
  • Trio (dialogue)
    Whence could so much virtue spring? {SSS}
  • Z626/7
  • Duet and Chorus
    Fear no danger {SS,chor}
  • Z626/?
  • Dance
  • Z626/8
  • Trio (dialogue)
    See, your royal guest appears {SST}
  • Z626/9
  • Chorus
    Cupid only throws the dart {chor}
  • Z626/10
  • Aria
    If not for mine {T (Aeneas)}
  • Z626/11
  • Prelude and Aria
    Pursue thy conquest, love {S (Belinda)}
  • Z626/?
  • A dance gittars chacony
  • Z626/12
  • Chorus
    To the hills and the vales {chor}
  • Z626/13
  • The triumphing dance
    -Act 2-
  • Z626/14
  • Prelude and Aria
    Wayward sisters {S (Sorceress)}
  • Z626/15
  • Chorus
    Harm's our delight {chor}
  • Z626/16
  • Aria
    The queen of Carthage, whom we hate {S (Sorceress)}
  • Z626/17-20
  • Chorus and Dialogue
    Ho ho ho! {SSS,chor}
  • Z626/21
  • Chorus
    In our deep vaulted cell {S (echo),chor}
  • Z626/22
  • Echo dance of the furies {str}
  • Z626/23
  • Ritornello
    {str}
  • Z626/24a-24b
  • Aria and Chorus
    Thanks to these lonesome vales {S (Dido),chor}
  • Z626/24c
  • Gittar ground- a dance {gui}
  • Z626/25a
  • Aria
    Oft she visits this lone mountain {S (Second Woman)}
  • Z626/25b
  • Ritornello
    A Dance to entertain Aeneas by Dido's Women {str}
  • Z626/26
  • Aria
    Behold, upon my bended spear {T (Aeneas)}
  • Z626/27
  • Aria and Chorus
    Haste, haste to town {S (Belinda),chor}
  • Z626/28
  • Duet (dialogue)
    Stay, Prince {ST}
  • Z626/28c
  • Dance?
    -Act 3-
  • Z626/29
  • Prelude and Aria
    Come away, fellow sailors {(First Sailor), chor}
  • Z626/30
  • The sailor's dance {str}
  • Z626/31
  • Trio (dialogue)
    See the flags and the streamers curling {SSS}
  • Z626/32
  • Aria
    Our next motion {S (Sorceress)}
  • Z626/33
  • Chorus
    Destruction's our delight {chor}
  • Z626/34
  • The witches' dance {str}
  • Z626/35a
  • Aria
    Your counsel all is urg'd in vain {S (Dido)}
  • Z626/35b?
  • Trio (dialogue)
    See, madam where the Prince appears {SST}
  • Z626/36
  • Chorus
    Great minds against themselves conspire {chor}
  • Z626/37
  • Aria
    Thy hand Belinda, darkness shades me {S (Dido)}
  • Z626/38
  • Ground, Aria and Ritornello
    When I am laid in earth {S (Dido)}
  • Z626/39
  • Chorus
    With drooping wings {chor}
  • Z626/40
  • All that we know the angels do above {str}
    Epilogue

    Z630 Semi-Opera (1695)
    The Indian Queen [Dryden and Howard]
  • Z630/1
  • 1st Music: Air/Hornpipe
  • Z630/2
  • 2nd Music: Air/Hornpipe
  • Z630/3
  • Overture: Grave/Canzon
    -Prologue-
  • Z630/4a
  • Trumpet tune
  • Z630/4b
  • Aria
    Wake Quivera, wake {T (Inidan Boy)}
  • Z630/4c-4d
  • Prelude and Aria
    Why should men quarrel {S (Indian Girl)}
  • Z630/?
  • Trumpet Tune
    -Act 2-
  • Z630/5
  • Symphony
  • Z630/6
  • Aria and Chorus
    I come to sing great Zempoalla's story {T (Fame),chor}
  • Z630/7
  • Trio
    What flatt'ring noise is this {BBB}
  • Z630/8
  • Trumpet Tune
  • Z630/9
  • Symphony
  • Z630/10
  • Dance
  • Z630/11
  • 2nd Act Music: Trumpet Tune (reprise)
    -Act 3-
  • Z630/12
  • Dance
  • Z630/13
  • Aria
    Ye twice ten hundred deities {(Ismeron)}
  • Z630/14
  • Symphony
  • Z630/15
  • Aria
    Seek not to know what must not be reveal'd {(God of Dreams)}
  • Z630/16
  • Trumpet Overture: Canzon/Adagio
  • Z630/17a
  • Duet and Quartet
    Ah! Ah! How happy are we! {???}
  • Z630/18
  • 3rd Act Tune: Rondeau
  • Z630/19
  • Aria
    They tell us that you mighty powers above {S (Orazia)}
  • Z630/20
  • 4th Act Tune
  • Z630/21a
  • Prelude and Chorus
    While thus we bow before your shrine
  • Z630/21b
  • Aria
    You who at the altar stand {B (High Priest)}
  • Z630/21c-21d
  • Prelude and Chorus
    All dismal sounds thus on these off'rings wait
  • Z630/22
  • Air
    ??
    Masque [by Daniel Purcell]

    Z629 Semi-Opera (1689)
    The Fairy Queen [?E Settle]
  • Z629/1
  • First Music: Prelude/Hornpipe
  • Z629/2
  • Second Music: Air/Rondeau
  • Z629/3
  • Overture: Grave/Canzona
    -Act 1-
  • Z629/4
  • Prelude and Aria
    Come, come, come, let us leave the town {SB}
  • Z629/5
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    Fill up the bowl! {SSB,chor}
  • Z629/6
  • First Act Tune: Jig {str}
    -Act 2-
  • Z629/7
  • Prelude and Aria
    Come all ye songsters of the sky {T/A}
  • Z629/8ab
  • Prelude and Trio
    May the god of wit inspire {ATB}
  • Z629/8c
  • Echo
  • Z629/9
  • Chorus
    Now joyn your warlbling voices all {chor}
  • Z629/10ab
  • Aria and Chorus
    Sing while we trip it on the green {S,chor,str}
  • Z629/10c
  • A dance of the fairies
  • Z629/11
  • Prelude and Aria
    See even Night herself is here {S}
  • Z629/12
  • Aria
    I am come to lock all fast {S}
  • Z629/13
  • Prelude and Aria
    One charming night {A (Secrecy)}
  • Z629/14
  • Aria and Chorus
    Hush, no more, be silent all {B,chor}
  • Z629/15
  • A dance for the followers of the night {str}
  • Z629/16
  • Second act tune: Air
    -Act 3-
  • Z629/17
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    If love's a sweet passion {S,chor}
  • Z629/18
  • Overture: Symphony while the swans come forward {str}
  • Z629/19
  • Dance for the fairies {str}
  • Z629/20
  • Dance for the green men {str}
  • Z629/21
  • Aria
    Ye gentle spirits of the air appear {S}
  • Z629/22
  • Aria
    Now the maids and the men {AB}
    Dialogue betweem Coridon and Mopsa
  • Z629/23
  • Aria
    When I have often heard {S (Nymph)}
  • Z629/24a
  • A dance of haymakers
  • Z629/24b
  • Dance for a clown
    lost
  • Z629/25
  • Aria and Chorus
    A thousand thousand ways we'll find {T/A,chor}
  • Z629/26
  • Third act tune: Hornpipe
    -Act 4-
  • Z629/27
  • Symphony
    Sonata while the sun rises
  • Z629/28
  • Aria and Chorus
    Now the night is chas'd away {S,chor}
  • Z629/29
  • Duet
    Let the fifes, and the clarions {AA}
  • Z629/30
  • Entry of Phoebus {2tpt,2ob,2kdrm,str}
  • Z629/31
  • Prelude and Aria
    When a cruel long winter {T,2vn}
  • Z629/32
  • Chorus
    Hail! great parent of us all {chor,2tpt,2ob,2kdrm,str}
  • Z629/33
  • Prelude and Aria
    Thus the ever grateful spring {S (Spring)}
  • Z629/34
  • Prelude and Aria
    Here's the summer, sprightly, gay {A (Summer)}
  • Z629/35
  • Prelude and Aria
    See my many colour'd fields {T (Autumn)}
  • Z629/36
  • Prelude and Aria
    Next, winter comes slowly {B (Winter)}
  • Z629/37
  • Chorus
    Hail! great parent of us all {chor,2tpt,2ob,2kdrm,str}
    Repeat
  • Z629/38
  • Fourth act tune: Air
    -Act 5-
  • Z629/39a
  • Prelude to Juno's song {str}
  • Z629/39bc
  • Aria
    Thrice happy lovers {S (Juno)}
    Epithalamium
  • Z629/40
  • Aria
    O let me weep {S,vn.obligato}
    The plaint
  • Z629/41
  • Entry dance
  • Z629/42
  • Symphony
  • Z629/43
  • Aria
    Thus the gloomy world st first began to shine {T/A,tpt,2vn}
  • Z629/44
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    Thus happy and free {S (Chinese Woman),chor}
  • Z629/45
  • Ground and Aria
    Yes, Daphne, in your looks I find {T/A (Chinese Man)}
  • Z629/46
  • Monkey's dance
  • Z629/47
  • Prelude and Aria
    Hark how all things in one sound agree {S/A,str}
  • Z629/48
  • Aria and Chorus
    Hark! now the echoing air {S (Second Woman),chor}
  • Z629/49
  • Duet and Chorus
    Sure the dull god of marriage {SS,chor}
  • Z629/50a
  • Prelude
  • Z629/50b
  • Aria
    See, see, I obey {B (Hymen)}
  • Z629/50c
  • Duet
    Turn then thine eyes {SS (Two Women)}
  • Z629/50d
  • Aria
    My torch, indeed will from such brightness shine {B,2vn}
  • Z629/50ef
  • Trio
    They shall be as happy {SSB}
  • Z629/51
  • Chaconne: Dance for the chinese man and woman

    Z627 Semi-Opera (1690)
    Prophetess -or- The History of Dioclesian [T Betterton (after J Fletcher, P Massinger)]
  • Z627/1
  • 1st Music
  • Z627/2
  • 2nd Music
  • Z627/3
  • Overture
  • Z627/4
  • 1st Act Tune: Hornpipe
    -Act 2-
  • Z627/5
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    Great Diocles the boar has killed {B,chor}
  • Z627/6
  • Prelude and Aria
    Charon, the peaceful shade invites {S}
  • Z627/7
  • Symphony
  • Z627/8
  • Duet and Chorus
    Let all mankind the pleasures share {SB,chor}
  • Z627/9
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    Let the soldier's rejoice {B/A,chor}
  • Z627/10
  • Ritornello
    {2tpt,2ob}
  • Z627/11
  • Trio and Chorus
    To Mars let 'em raise {BBB/ATB,chor}
  • Z627/12
  • Ritornello

  • Z627/13a
  • Prelude {2fl}
    A Symphony of flutes in the air
  • Z627/13bc
  • Aria and Chorus
    Since the toils and hazards of war {A,chor,2fl,2ob,str}
  • Z627/13d
  • Aria and Ritornello
    With dances and songs {B}
    Song upon a Ground
  • Z627/13e
  • Quartet and Chorus
    Let the priests with processions {SBBB,chor,2ob,2t.ob}
  • Z627/14
  • Dance of the Furies
  • Z627/15
  • 2nd Act Tune
    -Act 3-
  • Z627/16
  • Chaconne: Two in one upon a Ground
  • Z627/App1
  • Aria
    When first I saw {S}
  • Z627/17
  • The Chair Dance
  • Z627/18
  • Prelude and Aria
    What shall I do {S}
  • Z627/19
  • 3rd Act Tune
    -Act 4-
  • Z627/20
  • Butterfy Dance {in [=14a]}
  • Z627/21
  • Trumpet Tune
  • Z627/22-23
  • Aria and Chorus
    Sound Fame {B,chor}
  • Z627/24
  • 4th Act Tune
    -Act 5-
  • Z627/25
  • Country Dance
  • Z627/26
  • Prelude and Masque
    Call the Nymphs and the fauns {S (Cupid)}
  • Z627/27
  • Duet
    Come, come away {B (a Bachanalian),B (a Silvan)}
    -First Entry-
  • Z627/28
  • Prelude and Chorus
    Behold, O mightiest of gods {2ob,str}
  • Z627/29
  • Paspe {2tpt,str}
  • Z627/30
  • Duet
    O, the sweet delights of love {SS (Two Wood-Gods)}
  • Z627/31
  • Aria and Chorus
    Let monarchs fight {S (a Faun),chor,str}
  • Z627/App2
  • Aria
    Since from my dear Astrea's sight {S (a Faun)}
    -Second Entry-
  • Z627/32ab
  • Prelude and Duet
    Make room for the great god of wine {BB (Bacchus' Followers),2ob}
  • Z627/32c
  • Chorus
    I'm here with my jolly crew {chor,2ob}
  • Z627/32d
  • Dance of the Baccanals {2ob}
  • Z627/?
  • Trio and Chorus
    Give to every one {BBB,chor}
  • Z627/33
  • Aria and Ritornello
    STill I'm wishing {B/S (Cupid's Follower)}
    -Third Entry-
  • Z627/34
  • Canaries
  • Z627/35
  • Duet (dialogue)
    Tell me why my charming fair {S (Shepherdess),B (Shepherd)}
    -Fourth Entry-
  • Z627/36
  • Dance
  • Z627/37
  • Aria and Chorus
    All our days {B (One of the Pleasures),chor}
  • Z627/App3
  • Aria
    Let us dance {S (Another of the Pleasures)}
  • Z627/38
  • Trio
    Triumph, victorious love {BBB}
  • Z627/39
  • Chorus
    {chor}

    Z628 Semi-Opera (1691)
    King Arthur -or- The British Worthy [J Dryden]
  • Z628/1
  • 1st Music
  • Z628/2
  • 2nd Music
  • Z628/3
  • Air
  • Z628/4
  • Overture
  • Z628/5
  • Prelude and Aria
    Woden, first to thee {B}
  • Z628/6
  • Aria
    The white horse {B}
  • Z628/7-8
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    Brave Souls {S,chor}
  • Z628/9
  • Aria
    I call ye all to Woden's hall {T,chor}
  • Z628/10
  • Symphony, Aria and Chorus
    Come if you dare {T,chor}
  • Z628/11
  • 1st Act Tune
    -Act 2-
  • Z628/12
  • Prelude and Aria
    Hither this way bend {S (Philidel),chor,2ob,str}
  • Z628/13
  • Aria, Ritornello
    Let not a moon-born Elf [B (Grimbald)]
  • Z628/14
  • Dialogue and Chorus
    Come follow me {S (Philidel),STAB,chor}
  • Z628/15
  • Dance, Aria and Chorus
    How blest are Shepherds {T (Shepherd),chor}
  • Z628/16
  • Symphony and Duet (dialogue)
    Shepherd, leave decoying {SS (Two Shepherdesses),2fl,2ob,str}
  • Z628/17
  • Chorus and Hornpipe
    Come Shepherds
  • Z628/18
  • 2nd Act Tune
    -Act 3-
  • Z628/19
  • Prelude and Aria
    What ho {S (Cupid)}
    The Frost Scene
  • Z628/20
  • Prelude and Aria
    What power art thou {B (Genius)}
    Prelude while the cold Genius rises
  • Z628/21
  • Aria
    Thou doting fool forbear {S (Cupid)}
  • Z628/22
  • Aria
    Great love {B}
  • Z628/23
  • Aria
    No part {S}
  • Z628/24
  • Prelude, Chorus and Dance
    See, see
  • Z628/25
  • Aria, Ritornello and Chorus
    Tis I, that have warn'd ye {S (Cupid)}
  • Z628/26
  • Prelude and Duet
    Sound a Parley {S (Cupid),B (Genius)}
  • Z628/27
  • Aria, Ritornello and Chorus
    Tis I, that have warn'd ye {S (Cupid)}
  • Z628/28
  • 3rd Act Tune: Air
    -Act 4 (Scene 2)-
  • Z628/29
  • Duet
    Two Daughters {SS (Two Syrens)}
  • Z628/30a
  • Passacaglia
  • Z628/30b-30d
  • Aria, Ritornello and Chorus
    How happy the Lover {A,chor}
  • Z628/30e-30i
  • Dialogue and Chorus
    No, no joy [SSSATB,chor]
  • Z628/31
  • 4th Act Tune
    -Act 5 (Scene 2)-
  • Z628/32a
  • Prelude: Trompet Tune
  • Z628/32b-32c
  • Aria
    Ye Blust'ring Brethren {B (Aeolus),2fl,str}
  • Z628/33
  • Symphony
  • Z628/34
  • Duet and Chorus
    Round thy coasts {S (Nereid),B (Pan),chor}
  • Z628/35a
  • Aria
    You say tis love {S}
  • Z628/35b-35c
  • Aria and Chorus
    This not my passion {B,chor}
  • Z628/35d-35e
  • Aria and Chorus
    But one soft moment {B,chor}
  • Z628/36
  • Duet
    For folded flocks {SB}
  • Z628/37
  • Aria and Chorus
    Your hay is mown {T (Comus)}
  • Z628/38
  • Aria
    Fairest Isle {S (Venus)}
  • Z628/39
  • Chorus
    St George {S,chor,2tpt,2ob,str}
  • Z628/40
  • 5th Act Tune: Chaconne

    Z631 Semi-Opera (c1695)
    The Tempest -or- The Enchanted Island [T Shadwell]
  • Z631/1
  • Overture: Grave/Canzon
    -Act 2-
  • Z631/2
  • Duet (dialogue) and Chorus
    Where does the black fiend Ambition reside {BB (Two Devils),chor}
  • Z631/3
  • Prelude and Aria
    Arise, ye subterranean winds {B}
  • Z631/4
  • Dance
    from Lully's `Cadmus and Hermione'
    -Act 3-
  • Z631/5
  • Aria and Chorus
    Come unto these yellow sands {S (Ariel),chor}
  • Z631/6
  • Prelude, Aria and Chorus
    Full fathom five {S (Ariel),chor}
  • Z631/7
  • Aria and Ritornello
    Dry those eyes {S (Ariel)}
  • Z631/8
  • Prelude and Aria
    Kind fortune smiles {S (Ariel)}
    -Act 4-
  • Z631/9
  • Dance of devils
  • Z631/10
  • Aria
    Dear pretty youth {S (Dorinda)}
    -Act 5-
  • Z631/11a
  • Recitative
    Great Neptune! {S (Amphitrite)}
  • Z631/11b-11d
  • Aria and Ritornello
    Fair and serene {B (Neptune)}
  • Z631/12
  • Chorus and Ritornello
    The Nereids and the Tritons {chor}
  • Z631/13
  • Aria
    Aeolus, you must appear {B (Neptune)}
  • Z631/14
  • Aria
    Your awful voice I hear {A (Aeolus)}
  • Z631/15
  • Prelude and Aria
    Halcyon days {S (Amphitrite),ob,str}
  • Z631/16
  • Prelude and Aria
    See, see, the heavens smile {B (Neptune)}
  • Z631/17
  • Duet and Chorus
    No stars again shall hurt you {S (Amphitrite),B (Neptune),chor}

    Z632 Semi-Opera (1694)
    Timon of Athens [T Shadwell]
  • Z632/1
  • Overture {tpt,str}
    -The Masque-
  • Z632/2
  • Duet
    Hark! how the songsters of the grove {SS (Two Nymphs),2fl,bc}
    A Symphony of Pipes imitating the chirping of birds
  • Z632/3
  • Aria
    Love in their little veins inspires {S (Nymph),2fl,bc}
  • Z632/4
  • Trio
    But ah! how much are our delights {SS (Two Nymphs),B (Shepherd),bc}
  • Z632/5
  • Aria
    Hence! hence! hence with your trifling deity {B (A Bacchanal),2ob,bc}
  • Z632/6
  • Chorus
    But over us no griefs prevail {abb,2vn,bc}
  • Z632/7
  • Aria
    Come all to me {S (Cupid),2vn,bc}
  • Z632/8
  • Chorus
    Who can resist such mighty, mighty charms {satb,str}
  • Z632/9
  • Aria
    Return, revolting rebels {B (Bacchus),2ob,bc}
  • Z632/10
  • Aria
    The cares of lovers {S (Nymph),bc}
  • Z632/11
  • Aria
    Love quickly is pall'd {A (A Bacchanal),2ob,bc}
  • Z632/12
  • Duet and Chorus
    Come, let us agree {S (Cupid),B (Bacchus),chor,str}
  • Z632/13
  • Curtain Tune on a Ground {str}

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