[PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

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[PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

Post by pogmoor » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:58 pm

Almost the last piece in Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas is the beautiful short aria sung by the dying Dido, "When I am Laid in Earth":
When I am laid in earth, may my wrongs create no trouble in thy breast.
 Remember me but forget my fate.
(It's one of those pieces that all sorts of people have covered, not only classical singers but also musicians as diverse as Alison Moyet and Richard Thompson.)

I've often thought this would make a good guitar solo though my sporadic attempts to arrange it have come to nothing until recently.

Last year at West Dean I heard someone play a nice simplified arrangement by the late Paul Palmer (available online and played here: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=79810&hilit=Dido) and then I found a more complete arrangement by Emre Sabuncuoğlu (from Los Angeles Guitar Academy Publishing, referenced here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=98601&p=1081134&hil ... l#p1049133) which tries to preserve all the musical parts, but struck me as too complex, and I was spurred to try and make an arrangement more complete than the first one and less complex than the second.

...So here is what I came up with:
Dido2GtrD.pdf
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Re: [PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

Post by gilles T » Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:29 pm

Dear Pogmoor,

I've been searching so long for such a perfect transcription that I can't help thinking you were secretly aware of my birthday coming in about a week !
Thank you so much for the gift !

Cheers,

Gilles

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Post by pogmoor » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:25 pm

gilles T wrote:...secretly aware of my birthday coming in about a week !
Thank you so much for the gift !
You're welcome - happy birthday :)
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Re: [PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

Post by bert » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:45 pm

Nice work, bit of a challenge at some points, but well worth it.

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Post by CathyCate » Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:21 pm

Thanks so much, Eric.
This is just what my teacher and I have been trying to locate. Well done!

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Post by DerekB » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:41 pm

I had to print this out as soon as I saw it. Thanks, Eric. I am just off to try it out.
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Post by gringo » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:49 pm

Thanks. Very generous of you to share.

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Post by PeteJ » Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:41 am

Thanks. Appreciated.

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Re: [PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

Post by marlovitsh » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:21 am

I love Dido's lament, especially those chromatic parts.
And I love your transcription(s)!

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Post by elindley » Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:53 am

Thank you Eric! I needed this -- my father in law just passed away and this really helped me in this stressful time. Sad pieces are great soothing agents. -- Edward
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Post by OldPotter » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:32 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. I have been working on it for weeks and I do find it hard work. Such a beautiful piece.
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Post by rokka » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:03 pm

Thanks a lot. Appreciated. Now i have to learn play...

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Post by kirolak » Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:27 pm

How lovely! Thank you for this!

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Re: [PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

Post by mitch lees » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:37 am

Thank you for the score - it is a beautiful piece. I am working on it, but it is not easy for me, but enjoying it. Does anyone know if there is a score for voice and guitar accompaniment (preferably a mezzo-soprano part)? Is Dido normally a Soprano part?

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Re: [PDF] Purcell, Henry - When I am Laid in Earth

Post by pogmoor » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:20 am

You can find the score for the whole of Dido and Aeneas as well as When I am laid in earth alone at IMSLP.org - but it's for violins and bass continuo, so you'd have to arrange it for guitar. It's often sung by sopranos, one my favourite performances was by Emma Kirkby, but it's quite low in the soprano register so the part of Dido is often sung by a mezzo-soprano. There are a lot of recording of the aria on YouTube. If you want a treat listen to the whole opera - or even better go and see a production :)
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