CHAPTER 37. Music in London: Henry Purcell.
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Music in London:
Based on Virgil's Aeneid, it received its first performance in 1689 in a school for girls in London. It narrates the story of the Trojan soldier Aeneas who seduces Dido, queen of Carthage, only to abandon her in order to fulfill his destiny as the mythic founder of Rome. The tale ends with Dido's death, preceded by her famous lament.
Ground bass: a bass line that repeats over and over (equivalent to the Italian basso ostinato). Dido's lament in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is an aria built on such a ground bass. The first part of the ostinato pattern outlines chromatically a descending tetrachord (G-D), a musical emblem of lament.