Didon; tragédie lyrique en trois actes

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With Didon, Piccinni demonstrated his ability to combine both Italian and French styles to create a compelling tragédie lyrique. The opera includes lyrical Italian melodies and a second-act finale, as well as French choruses and numbers that transition continuously without pauses. Didon was premiered at Fountainebleau on 16 October 1783, and it remained one of Piccinni’s most popular French operas, with performances through the first part of the nineteenth century. The story of Dido had been realized on the operatic stage before Piccinni’s setting, including Cavalli’s Didone (1641), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (c. 1689), and Vinci’s Didone abbandonata (1726) with ... continued below

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score (307 p.) ; 34 cm.

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Piccinni, Niccolò, 1728-1800 & Marmontel, Jean François, 1723-1799 1815.

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  • Main Title: Didon; tragédie lyrique en trois actes
  • Uniform Title: Didon
  • Added Title: Aeneid

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With Didon, Piccinni demonstrated his ability to combine both Italian and French styles to create a compelling tragédie lyrique. The opera includes lyrical Italian melodies and a second-act finale, as well as French choruses and numbers that transition continuously without pauses. Didon was premiered at Fountainebleau on 16 October 1783, and it remained one of Piccinni’s most popular French operas, with performances through the first part of the nineteenth century. The story of Dido had been realized on the operatic stage before Piccinni’s setting, including Cavalli’s Didone (1641), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (c. 1689), and Vinci’s Didone abbandonata (1726) with a libretto by Metastasio.

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score (307 p.) ; 34 cm.

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  • 1815

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  • Oct. 17, 2005, 5:17 p.m.

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  • June 17, 2016, 10:02 a.m.

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Piccinni, Niccolò, 1728-1800 & Marmontel, Jean François, 1723-1799. Didon; tragédie lyrique en trois actes, score, 1815; Paris. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc33/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.