The Tempest, Z.631 (Purcell, Henry)



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General Information

Work Title The Tempest
Alternative. Title The Enchanted Island
Composer Purcell, Henry
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Z.631
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHP 92
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 acts, 17 numbers
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1695 ca.
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 1 hour
1. Overture
  • Act I
2a. Duet (2 basses): Where does the black fiend Ambition reside
2b. Chorus: In Hell with flames
2c. Trio (3 basses/3 Spirits): Who are the pillars of the tyrant's court?
2d. Chorus: Care their minds when they wake
2e. Chorus: Around we pace
3. Song (bass/Spirit No. 1): Arise ye subterranean winds
4. Dance of the Winds
  • Act III
5. Symphony
6. Song (soprano/Ariel): Come unto these yellow sands
7. Hark! hark! the watchdogs bark
8a. Song (soprano/Milcha): Full fathom five thy Father lies
8b. Chorus: Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell
9. Duet (2 sopranos): Dry those eyes
10. Song (soprano/Ariel): Kind fortune smiles
  • Act IV
11. Dance of the Spirits [also called Dance of the Devils]
12. The Sailor's Dance
13: Song (soprano/Dorinda): Dear pretty youth
  • Act IV
14a. Recitative (soprano/Amphitrite): Great Neptune
14b. Song (bass/Neptune): My dear my Amphitrite
15. Chorus: The Nereids and Tritons
16a. Recitative (bass/Neptune): Aeolus you must appear
16b. Song (bass/Neptune): While these pass o'er the deep
17a. Recitative (soprano/Aeolus): Your awful voice I hear and obey
17b. Song (soprano/Aeolus): Come down my Blusterers
18. Song (soprano/Amphitrite): Halcyon days, now wars are ending
19. Song (bass/Neptune): See the Heavens smile
20. Duet (soprano/Amphitrite & bass/Neptune) & Chorus: No stars again shall hurt you
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation 4 voices (SATB), mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra