'Scenes from Paradise Lost' - Prelude

Laurence Armstrong Hughes
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This large work, lasting in total about 2 hours, is the culmination of several years' work. It is the result of a life-long fascination with Milton's remarkable poem - surely the greatest epic in the English language. The action is shown in Milton's order, beginning 'in medias res' with the scene in Hell where Satan rouses his host of fallen angels and vows revenge upon the Almighty. The climax is reached in Scene 3, which recalls the titanic battle between the forces of Satan and of Heaven, in which Christ sweeps away the rebellious hordes and they are thrown down into Hell. The second half deals with Satan's journey to the newly created Earth, where he takes on the form of the Serpent and corrupts Eve, leading her and Adam to eat the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, leading to their loss of innocence. The work ends, as does Milton's poem, with the expulsion of the unhappy father and mother of mankind from Paradise, though not without some promise of future redemption.

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Laurence Armstrong Hughes
John Milton
Not applicable (e.g. worksheet)
8 minutes
Modern classical music

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