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Dido's Lament - When I Am Laid in Earth

Dido's Lament
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'Dido's Lament' is the popular name for Henry Purcell's famous aria "When I am laid in earth", from the opera 'Dido and Aeneas'.
The lament opens with a descending chromatic line with the ground bass being repeated eleven times throughout the aria. The original meter is 3/2 has been changed to 3/4 in the key of G minor. Henry Purcell has applied word painting on the words 'laid' which is also given a descending chromatic line portraying death and agony, and 'Remember me' which is presented in a syllabic text setting and repeated with its last presentation leaping in register with a sudden crescendo displaying her desperate cry with urgency as she prepares for her fate: death!
Traditionally played by the massed military bands of the Guards Division at the Cenotaph each Remembrance Sunday this aria has a special place in the musical heritage of the United Kingdom. In this new setting, Geoff Kingston has retained all the solemnity of Purcell's original score and used the full resource of the Concert Band to produce a powerful work suitable for concert performance. 

This much loved aria is suitable for all occasions and ideal for sacred, memorial and solemn occasions. It also makes a great atmospheric musical pause in your concert. 

Also available for Brass Quintet.

ComposerHenry Purcell
ArrangerGeoff Kingston
CategoryConcert Work
DurationCirca 3 mins 30 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 2 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
Flutes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Double Bass
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
Catalogue No.
Product Code: SM0356

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