Chapter 21 MUSI 2730

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Last updated: November 24, 2019

At the time Monteverdi wrote the opera The Coronation of Poppea, what type of opera houses were opening in Venice?
public

Despite being composed in England, Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas has an Italian text.
false, it’s English

Early opera was originally designed to reflect the manner in which seventeenth-century aristocrats sang their conversations to each other on a daily basis.
false, they didn’t aim to depict reality but instead “hyper-reality” by expressing strong emotions through song

Monteverdi was one of the first great composers of opera.
true

The libretto for Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas, is based on _____.
The Aeneid

The masque was an English entertainment that combined music, poetry, and dance.
true

The new Italian opera was embraced in all western European countries.
true

Which musical style best describes the opening line “Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me”?
recitative

Which of the following does NOT describe Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas?
Dido and Aeneas live happily ever after

Why does Dido sing a lament at the end of Purcell’s opera?
Aeneas has left her

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