The Fairy-Queen

Opera

Writers: Henry Purcell

Songs

Author’s Note: The breakdown given below is combining the numbers in the score with their place in the original libretto. Where musical numbers are given voicetypes and not character names, these are noted in brackets below.

  • No. 1 Prelude
  • No. 2 Hornpipe
  • No. 3 Air
  • No. 4 Rondeau

Act One - A Palace

  • No. 5 Overture
  • Dialogue ‘Now the Glow-worm shews her Light’ - Titania, Indian Boy, 1st Fairy
  • No 6. Duet ‘Come, come, come let us leave the Town’ - (Soprano and Bass)
  • No. 7 Scene of the Drunken Poet ‘Fill up the bowl’ - Drunken Poet, 1st Fairy, 2nd Fairy, Chorus
  • Dialogue ‘Sleep has seis’d the lovely Boy’ - Titania, 1st Fairy
  • No. 8 Jig

Act Two - A Wood, by Moon-light

  • Dialogue ‘Take Hands, and trip it in a round,’ - Titania, Fairies
  • No. 9 Prelude ‘Come all ye Songsters of the Sky’ - (Tenor)
  • No. 10 Interlude
  • No. 11 Chorus ‘May the God of Wit Inspire’ - Chorus
  • No. 12 Echo
  • No. 13 Chorus ‘Now join your warbling voices all’ - Chorus
  • No. 13a Aria ‘Sing while we trip it’ - (Soprano)
  • Dialogue ‘Come Elves, another Dance, and Fairy Song’ - Titania
  • No. 14 Song ‘See, See, See, even Night herself is here’ - Night
  • No. 15 Song ‘I am come to lock all fast’ - Mystery
  • No. 16 Song ‘One charming night gives more delight’ - Secrecy
  • No. 17 Song ‘Hush, no more’ - Sleep, Chorus
  • No. 18 Dance for the Followers of Night
  • No. 19 Air

Act Three - A Great Wood

  • Dialogue ‘Come, lovely Youth, sit on this flow'ry Bed’ - Titania, Bottom
  • No. 20 Song ‘If Love's a Sweet Passion, why does it torment?’ - (Soprano), Chorus
  • No. 21 Symphony while the swans come forward
  • No. 22 Dance for the Fairies
  • No. 23 Dance for the Green Men
  • No. 24 Aria ‘Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air’ - Soprano
  • No. 25 Dialogue between Corridon and Mopsa ‘Now the maids and the men’ - Corridon, Mopsa
  • No. 26 Aria ‘When I have often heard’ - Nymph
  • No. 27 Dance for the Haymakers
  • No. 28 ‘A thousand, thousand, ways’ - (Alto), Chorus
  • Dialogue ‘Now I will Feast the Pallate of my Love’ - Titania, Bottom
  • No. 29 Hornpipe

Act Four - Garden of Fountains

  • Dialogue ‘Hark, thou King of Shadows, hark!’ - Puck, Oberon, Titania, Bottom
  • No. 30 Symphony
  • No. 31 Solo with Chorus ‘Now the Night is chas'd away,’ - 1st Attendant, Chorus
  • No. 32 Duet ‘Let the Fifes and the Clarions’ - 2nd and 3rd Attendant
  • No. 33 Entry of Phoebus
  • No. 34 Aria ‘When a cruel long winter’ - Phoebus
  • No. 35 Chorus ‘Hail! Great Parent’ - Chorus
  • No. 36 Song ‘Thus the ever grateful spring’ - Spring
  • No. 37 Song ‘Here's the Summer, Sprightly, Gay’ - Summer
  • No. 38 Song ‘See my many Colour'd Fields’ - Autumn
  • No. 39 Song ‘Now Winter comes Slowly, Pale, Meager, and Old’ - Winter, Chorus
  • No. 40 Air

Act Five - Athens

  • Dialogue ‘Go bid the Huntsmen wake 'em with their Musick’ - Theseus, Egeus, Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, Helena
  • No. 41 Prelude
  • Dialogue ‘Are not these Stories strange, my Gracious Lord?’ - Egeus, Theseus, Oberon, Titania, Puck, Fairies
  • No. 42 Epithalamium ‘Thrice happy lovers’ - Juno
  • Dialogue ‘Sing me the Plaint that did so Nobly move’ - Oberon
  • No. 43 The Plaint ‘O let me weep’ - (Soprano)
  • Dialogue ‘Now let a new Transparent World be seen’ - Oberon
  • No. 44 Entry Dance
  • No. 45 Symphony
  • No. 46 Song ‘Thus the gloomy World’ - Chinese Man
  • No. 47 Song ‘Thus happy and free ‘ - Chinese Woman, Chorus
  • No. 48 Song ‘Yes, Xansi’ - Chinese Man
  • No. 49 Monkeys’ Dance
  • No. 50 Song ‘Hark how all things’ - 1st Woman
  • No. 51 Song ‘Hark! The Ech’ing Air’ - 2nd Woman, Chorus
  • No. 52 Duet and Chorus ‘Sure the dulle God of Marriage does not hear’ - 1st Woman, 2nd Woman, Chorus
  • No. 53 Prelude
  • No. 53a Solo ‘See, I Obey’ - Hymen
  • No. 53b Duet ‘Turn Thine Eyes’ - 1st Woman, 2nd Woman
  • No. 53c Trio ‘They shall be as happy’ - Hymen, 1st Woman, 2nd Woman, Chorus
  • No. 54 Chaconne

Epilogue - Dialogue ‘At Dead of Night we'll to the Bride-bed come’ - Oberon, Titania

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.