All qualitative judgments aside, even his greater detractors admit that with Euridice Peri managed to establish sound principles for operatic composition. According to myth, Orpheus was a great musician who journeyed to the underworld to plead with the gods to revive his wife Euridice after she had been fatally injured. It opens with a simple melody by a singer representing the Tragic Muse, La Tragedia, and a short ritornello.
Shepherds nearby and the Tragic Muse sing a conversation in recitatives and choruses , Daphne enters to notify everyone that Euridice has been fatally bitten by a serpent. Orfeo is content after his wedding but is soon interrupted by Dafne. She brings the terrible news that Euridice has been bitten by a venomous snake and has died.
Orfeo then vows to rescue her from the underworld.
Arcetro recounts that while Orfeo lay weeping, Venus, goddess of love, carries him off in her chariot. This opens with Orpheus pleading with Venere, Plutone, Prosperina, Caronte, and Radamanto in the underworld for the return of his beloved wife Euridice. Nearly the entire scene is carried in recitative. When the act closes, Orpheus is back with Tirsi and the other shepherds. Venus and Orfeo arrive at the gates of the underworld.
Venus suggests that through his legendary voice he might persuade Pluto to return Euridice to life.
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They may be beautiful, but they made the text hard to hear. Euridice , then, is nearly two hours of arrhythmic, tuneless recitative, accompanied by a harpsichord.
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