A Farewell, the Queen’s Dolour is derived from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. Listening to the full version of the piece may help inspire students toward phrasing and dynamic shaping. The homophony of the piece makes it important to voice the melody above the accompaniment. Careful observation of two-note slurs is essential to the character of the piece. When melody lines are repeated, as in the last three measures, students should take care to make a dynamic contrast and not to rush. 


Jennifer Brooke, Undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa