In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.
Did You Know?
The lines that Dryden recites ("Be judge yourself, I'll bring it to the test: / Which is the basest creature, man or beast? / Birds feed on birds, beasts on each other prey, / But savage man alone does man betray") are not by John Dryden
but by his erstwhile patron the Earl of Rochester, with whom he had a bitter falling-out. See more
One shot shows a stagehand turning a winch to lift Mary Tudor when she's playing Cupid. When she's being lowered, a shot shows the stagehand turning the winch in the same direction as previously. See more
Opera is a danger you would do best to avoid.
A version shown on BRAVO Television is 60+ minutes shorter with serious damage to plot and character. See more
References Tous les matins du monde
Sonata for trumpet and strings in D
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by David Blackadder with English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner See more