Dido and Aeneas

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Dido and Aeneas


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Britten had received a copy of Hardy’s Collected Poems from Christopher Isherwood when visiting the USA in 1949, and eight of the poems from this book found their way into his 1953 song cycle Winter Words. Some of the choices Britten made reflect his attraction to wintery bleakness, rather than to the more bucolic charms of other Hardy verses, particularly ‘At day-close in November’ and ‘The Choirmaster’s Burial’. Others, such as ‘Wagtail and Baby’ and ‘The little old table’ are more cheerful, and all of the songs share vivid depictions of imagery – almost like little dramatic scenes.

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