The Art of Mark Morris: "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato"

The Art of Mark Morris: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

This short documentary covers the background to the Mark Morris version of Handel’s setting of Milton’s poems in his "L’Allegro, Il Penseroso, ed Il Moderato." It provides the historical context to the creation of the balletic work and a broader coverage of the whole from which the previous brief extract was taken. One of the points that emerges about Milton’s "L’Allegro" is that, for Morris, the joyful experiences it celebrates are communal activities, not the solitary satisfactions of "Il Penseroso." This social concept of happiness suits both Handel’s music and the community character of the Morris’ troupe’s productions.

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