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L'Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato

Oratorio in three parts

By George Frideric Handel

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S(A)TB vocal soli, SATB choir, flute, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, basso continuo
Oratorio in three parts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Helmut Bornefeld, Matthias Wamser, and Friedrich Chrysander. German title: L'Allegro Il Penseroso /Ed.Bornefeld. Sacred vocal music, Oratorios. Full score. Composed 1740. HWV 55. 200 pages. Carus Verlag #CV 29.214/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.2921400).

Item Number: CA.2921400

ISBN 9790007094430. Language: German/English. Text: Milton, John / Jennens, Charles. Text: John Milton, Charles Jennens.

The two John Milton poems, L'Allegro (cheerfulness), and Il Pensi eroso (melancholy), describe the differences between these two moods. Charles Jennens fashioned a libretto from these texts, adding a third part entitled Moderato (moderation). From the first performance the oratorio was already a great success, a success which continued in later years. This edition is a revised reprint of Friedrich Chrysander's edition. The vocal score and the German singing text are by Helmut Bornefeld.

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