The Fairy Queen

Wood, Bruce and Pinnock, Andrew (eds.) (2009) The Fairy Queen, London, GB, Stainer & Bell, 368pp. (Purcell Society Edition, 12).


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This scholarly critical edition of Purcell's third semi-opera, The Fairy Queen, offers a new and definitive version of words and music. The playtext, anonymously adapted from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is printed in full, and the role of the various sources, and the relationship of the manuscript theatre score to the printed word-books of 1692 and 1693, are thoroughly reappraised. The other sources include music manuscripts which have not previously been examined, and which prove to have a significant bearing on the musical text. Full account is taken of the varied instrumental resources and conventions accessible to the Restoration composer, reflected in the multi-purpose performing material for the edition which is available for rental.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 9790220222474 (print)
9780852499122 (print)
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ePrint ID: 151275
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17 February 2009Published
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 12:21
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 04:21
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