The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell

1153 Words Jan 27th, 2018 5 Pages
The opera “The Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell is an excellent representation of the Baroque era in its inordinate application of all theatrical foundations, embroidered indications, and the selected focused elucidation to return melodrama, emotional tension, enthusiasm, and sumptuousness for the audience watching. Baroque music is characterized through contrasts as dramatic elements, monody and the advent of the basso continuo, and different instrumental sounds. Contrast is an essential feature in the production of baroque arrangements. The alternations between bold and flamboyant and soft, solo and ensemble, different instruments and timbres all constitute a key portion in various baroque compositions. Composers similarly created more precise instrumental arrangements regularly stipulating the instruments on a musical piece that ought to be executed instead of allowing the performing musician to select. “The Fairy Queen” is a masque or semi-opera by Henry Purcell. The libretto is an revision of William Shakespeare's wedding comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Purcell did not put any of Shakespeare's wording to tunes; as an alternative he poised melodies for short musical numbers in every act but the beginning performance. The opera itself had also been marginally modernised in…