Life Is a Dream: And Other Spanish Classics by Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPedro Calderón de la Barca y Henao was a dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age.
Calderón initiated what has been called the second cycle of Spanish Golden Age theatre. Whereas his predecessor, Lope de Vega, pioneered the dramatic forms and genres of Spanish Golden Age theatre, Calderón polished and perfected them. Whereas Lopes strength lay in the sponteneity and naturalness of his work, Calderóns strength lay in his capacity for poetic beauty, dramatic structure and philosophical depth. Calderón was a perfectionist who often revisited and reworked his plays, even long after they debuted. This perfectionism was not just limited to his own work: many of his plays rework existing plays or scenes by other dramatists, improving their depth, complexity, and unity. (Many European playwrights of the time, such as Molière, Corneille and Shakespeare, reworked old plays in this way.) Calderón excelled above all others in the genre of the auto sacramental, in which he showed a seemingly inexhaustible capacity to giving new dramatic forms to a given set of theological constructs. Calderón wrote 120 comedias, 80 autos sacramentales and 20 short comedic works called entremeses
La vida es sueño / Life Is a Dream
Music within. Scene I. Pedro Calderon de la Barca was born in Madrid, January 17, , of good family. He was educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid and at the University of Salamanca; and a doubtful tradition says that he began to write plays at the age of thirteen. His literary activity was interrupted for ten years, , by military service in Italy and the Low Countries, and again for a year or more in Catalonia. In he became a Knight of the Order of Santiago, and in he entered the priesthood, rising to the dignity of Superior of the Brotherhood of San Pedro in Madrid. He held various offices in the court of Philip IV, who rewarded his services with pensions, and had his plays produced with great splendor.
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Inasmuch as plays in seventeenth century Spain were written primarily for immediate production it is probable that this play had been presented on the Madrid stage before that date. He therefore announces that Segismund has died with his mother in birth. Confined in a tower, deep in the rocky fastnesses of the frontier, Segismund grows to manhood chained like an animal to a ring in the floor, guarded under direction of Basilio's confidential general, Clotaldo. As the play opens two strangers whose storm-frighted horses have bolted, stumble on Segismund's prison. One of them confesses in a voice all too gentle for her masculine attire that she has come from Muscovy on a matter of vengeance and Segismund, for the moment unguarded, confesses that he too, thinks often on revenge. Clotaldo's appearance is about to result in death for the newcomers when the general recognizes the stranger's sword as one he had left years before in Muscovy as pledge for favor owed. The stranger identifies herself as Rosaura, daughter of Clotaldo's quondam benefactor, and is proffered safe conduct to Warsaw.