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Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas: Summary, Myth & Analysis

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To what musical period does composer Henry Purcell belong?

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1. Who wrote The Aeneid?

2. In Roman mythology, who was Aeneas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas was first performed as a school musical, but is now one of the most highly regarded English operas. This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your knowledge of this famous musical composition. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the figure of Aeneas in Roman mythology and a ground bass aria.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Musical period to which Henry Purcell belongs
  • Author of the Aeneid
  • Role of Aeneas in Roman mythology
  • How the plot of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is different from the story in the Aeneid
  • Definition of a ground bass aria, as seen in 'Dido's Lament'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related humanities lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Aeneid in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the relationship between the Aeneid and Dido and Aeneas

Additional Learning

To learn more about this opera, review the accompanying lesson titled Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas: Summary, Myth & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the first performance of the opera
  • Discuss the life and career of Henry Purcell
  • Identify features of Baroque period music
  • Explore the myth of Dido and Aeneas
  • Learn how Purcell adapted the myth in his opera
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