When I am laid in earth



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Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas (1689)

Aria, “When I am laid in earth”

6CD 1/14; 2CD 1/4


Characters: Dido, queen of Carthage; Belinda, her servant

Situation: Having been deserted by her lover, Aeneas, Dido sings farewell to Belinda (and to all) before dying of a broken heart



Brief Recitative

0:00

Continuo played by harpsichord and cello

Thy hand, Belinda! Darkness shades me; on thy bosom let me rest. More I would—but Death invades me: Death is now a welcome guest.

0:58

basso ostinato alone in cellos and double basses




1:10

basso ostinato with voice and strings

When I am laid in earth, may my wrongs create no trouble in thy breast. Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

1:27

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




1:44

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




2:02

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




2:19

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




2:37

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




2:53

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




3:10

basso ostinato repeats beneath voice




3:29

basso ostinato alone with strings




3:46

basso ostinato alone with strings





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