Watch/listen to the video while reading the essay by Walter Hill and the optional essay by Zaslaw.
John Walter Hill, Baroque Music: Music in Western Europe, 1580-1750 (WW Norton, 2005). Chapter 13, “England from the Restoration through the Augustan Age.”
Recommended reading (optional): Neal Zaslaw, “Music and Society in the Classical Era,” in The Classical Era: From the 1740s to the end of the 18th Century (Prentice Hall, 1989).
English text of “Dido’s lament”:
- Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me,
On thy bosom let me rest,
More I would, but Death invades me;
Death is now a welcome guest.
- When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.