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King Arthur, by John Dryden (1631 - 1700)


This project is now complete! Finished audio for this project can be found in our catalog:
https://librivox.org/king-arthur-by-john-dryden/



King Arthur, or The British Worthy, is a play or Semi-Opera with a libretto by John Dryden and music by Henry Purcell. It was first performed at the Queen's Theatre in London in 1691.

In this unusual version of the Arthurian legend Arthur is King of Britain fighting to repel the invading Saxons led by Oswald, King of Kent, and in love with the blind Princess Emmeline, daughter of the Duke of Cornwall. The play has many supernatural elements, Enchanters, Magicians, Spirits, Apparitions and Transformations. The play ends with a Masque for which Purcell wrote some of his finest music including the song "Fairest Isle" in praise of Britain.

(Summary by Alan Mapstone)
Source text (please read only from this text!): https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/47679/pg47679-images.html#Page_107

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Genres for the project: Plays/Comedy

Keywords that describe the book: Drama, English, Arthurian Legend, Dryden, Purcell

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"Prologue and Dramatis Personae for King Arthur. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org. King Arthur or The British Worthy by John Dryden."
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Alan
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Post by alanmapstone »

This is an unusual version of the Arthurian legend. Here Arthur is King of Britain fighting against the invading Saxons and in love with the blind princess Emmeline.

I will BC, DPL and read the narration.
I will need the good offices of an MC :help:

Roles are gender neutral apart from Arthur, Oswald and Emmeline.

When originally staged each act ended with a musical interlude composed by Henry Purcell. I will decide how to handle these interludes in detail as the project progresses.
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Post by brownrottger »

Hi Alan, I would like to be Emmeline, please.
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Post by alanmapstone »

brownrottger wrote: September 23rd, 2023, 9:06 am Hi Alan, I would like to be Emmeline, please.
Christine
Thanks Christine
I will put you in as soon as we get an MC :wink:
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Post by redrun »

And I'll be glad to join you, there! Magic window coming up soon. :D
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Magic Window is ready for filling!
Reading the stage directions yourself should make it much easier to handle those interludes, once you know how you want them done. :thumbs:
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redrun wrote: September 23rd, 2023, 11:07 am Magic Window is ready for filling!
Reading the stage directions yourself should make it much easier to handle those interludes, once you know how you want them done. :thumbs:
Thanks redrun :thumbs:
I like to read the SD of plays I edit as it gives me better control of the editing process.
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silverquill wrote: September 23rd, 2023, 12:02 pm May I be Merlin?
I had a feeling you might go for Merlin, welcome to the cast :wink:
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Post by Beeswaxcandle »

Osmond please.

I've pulled out a couple of copies of the Score (the Macfarren and Taylor editions) and I can't see any music there for Interludes, so I suspect that these were pieces that Purcell had composed for other reasons that were interpolated to cover the scenery changes. Handel did this as well, even including entire concerti between the acts.
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Beeswaxcandle wrote: September 23rd, 2023, 3:16 pm Osmond please.
I've pulled out a couple of copies of the Score (the Macfarren and Taylor editions) and I can't see any music there for Interludes, so I suspect that these were pieces that Purcell had composed for other reasons that were interpolated to cover the scenery changes. Handel did this as well, even including entire concerti between the acts.
You are in for Osmond.

As far as I know the music Purcell wrote was specifically to be performed with this play. It was popular at that time to have music and singing between the acts of a play, sometimes quite substantial amounts. Purcell did this for other works like The Fairy Queen, The Indian Queen and Diocletian.
I have used the term interludes in a general way, it is not used in the script or the score (I have a Novello edition). Whether or not I use music is one of the things I have not yet decided.
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If you decide to, I'm afraid I'll need a little paperwork from you. Sorry. :cry:

Folks probably know this already, but to cover the bases:
A musical composition can be PD, but each recorded performance has its own copyright, by the performers. It's pretty hard to find usable recordings that are also provably in the Public Domain. We've had at least one volunteer play and make original recordings.

Our wiki page on music policy does give some places to look for PD music:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Music_%26_Sound_Effects_Rules#Music_Rules_for_Special_Projects
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redrun wrote: September 23rd, 2023, 4:09 pm If you decide to, I'm afraid I'll need a little paperwork from you. Sorry. :cry:
Folks probably know this already, but to cover the bases:
A musical composition can be PD, but each recorded performance has its own copyright, by the performers. It's pretty hard to find usable recordings that are also provably in the Public Domain. We've had at least one volunteer play and make original recordings.
Our wiki page on music policy does give some places to look for PD music:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Music_%26_Sound_Effects_Rules#Music_Rules_for_Special_Projects
Thanks, this why I don't usually use music with my plays and why I probably won't in this one (unless I am tempted to do a bit of improvised singing myself :lol: )
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Post by Algy Pug »

May I follow in the steps of the late ilustrious Graham Chapman and read Arthur (King of the Britons)?

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May I claim Conon?

Thank you!

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