The Indian Queen (opera)
The Indian Queen (Z. 630), is a semi-opera in five acts with music by Henry Purcell, first performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London in 1695. The libretto is a revised version of the play "The Indian Queen" (1664) by John Dryden and his brother-in-law Sir Robert Howard.
It was Purcell's last semi-opera. The performance history of the piece is uncertain. The exact date of premiere is unknown but Peter Holman surmises it may have been performed in June, without the Masque in Act 5, which had to be completed after Purcell's death in November by his brother Daniel.
Some years before the Spanish Conquest, in Central America - the court then war conflict between kings of Peru and Mexico.
- Movt. 1, 1st Music, (Air and Hornpipe)
- Movt. 2, 2nd Music, (Air and Hornpipe)
- Movt. 3, Overture, (Grave and Canzon)
- Movt. 4a, Trumpet Tune
- Movt. 4b, Aria, "Wake Quivera, wake"
- Movt. 4c, Prelude
- Movt. 4d, Aria, "Why should men quarrel"
- Act 2
- Movt. 5, Symphony
- Movt. 6, Aria and Chorus, "I come to sing great Zempoalla's story"
- Movt. 7, Trio, "What flatt'ring noise is this"
- Movt. 8, Trumpet tune
- Movt. 9, Symphony
- Movt. 10, Dance
- Movt. 11, 2nd Act Music (Trumpet Tune reprise)
- Act 3
- Movt. 12, Dance
- Movt. 13, Aria, "Ye twice ten hundred deities"
- Movt. 14, Symphony
- Movt. 15, Aria, "Seek not to know what must not be reveal'd"
- Movt. 16, Trumpet Overture (Canzon and Adagio)
- Movt. 17a, Duet and Quartet, "Ah! Ah! How happy are we!"
- Movt. 18, 3rd Act Tune (Rondeau)
- Movt. 19, Aria, "They tell us that you mighty powers above"
- Movt. 20, 4th Act Tune
- Movt. 21a, Prelude and Chorus, "While thus we bow before your shrine"
- Movt. 21b, Aria, "You who at the altar stand"
- Movt. 21c, Prelude
- Movt. 21d, Chorus, "All dismal sounds thus on these off'rings wait"
- Movt. 22, Air
- The Indian Queen Soloists, St. Anthony Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras (Decca L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1966)
- The Indian Queen Soloists, Deller Singers, King's Musick, conducted by Alfred Deller (Harmonia Mundi)
- The Indian Queen Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner (Erato, 1980)
- The Indian Queen Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood (Decca L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1995)
- The Indian Queen Soloists, The Purcell Simfony and the Purcell Simfony Voices (Linn, 1995)
- The Indian Queen Soloists, Scholars' Baroque Ensemble (Naxos, 1998)
- Peter Holman Henry Purcell (Oxford University Press, 1994) p.219
- The Indian Queen
- C.A. Price. Henry Purcell and the London Stage