Largo (from Xerxes)
Chamber Ensemble - Grade 3
Music Box Variable Wind Quintet. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Arranged by Lorenzo Bocci. De Haske Ensemble. De Haske Publications #1074224. Published by De Haske Publications (HL.44007108).
Item Number: HL.44007108
ISBN 9043127213. 9x12 inches.
“Ombra mai fù” (also known as Handel's “Largo”) is one of the most famous arias from Xerxes. In it, Xerxes speaks of his love for the beautiful tree in his palace garden. Placed immediately after the overture, the aria is unrelated to the overall story line; the greatness of the music lies in its utter simplicity, attractive melodic line, and stunningly expressive sonority.
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