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LAllegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato HWV 55
Oratorio in 3 parts
By George Frideric Handel

Soprano voice solo/alto voice solo/tenor voice solo/bass voice solo/SATB choir/piano (Soprano Voice Solo, Alto Voice Solo, Tenor Voice Solo, Bass Voice Solo, SATB Choir , piano) - Level 3
Oratorio in 3 parts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by James S. Hall and Martin V. Hall. Arranged by Andreas Kohs. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vocal score. HWV 55. Duration 2 hours. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04023-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04023-90).

Item Number: BA.BA04023-90

ISBN 9790006443192. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: English/German. Text: Charles (nach John Milton) Jennens.

Handel's oratorio L'Allegro , il Penseroso ed il Moderato is based on two poems of 1623 by John Milton. Their main focus draws on merriment, as expressed in the joys of dawn, the hunt, a pastoral idyll and thriving towns, and on melancholy, as felt in the coolness of the nocturnal forest, the song of the nightingale, and the observation of the stars. The librettist, Charles Jennens , contrasts these two antipodes with a third vehicle for the emotions:"il Moderato", who sees happiness in the moderation of these two extremes.
Unlike his two preceding oratorios"Saul"and"Israel in Egypt", which centered on the dramatic and the epic, here Handel has written a lyric work that gives broad latitude to the musical depiction of nature.
The piano reduction, by Andreas Kohs , follows the Urtext of the Halle Handel Edition.

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  • 3

    Nick D.
    Tarrytown, NY
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  • April 28, 2014 Approach with Caution

    A problematical piano-vocal score. For starters, it's an unsatisfactory mix of "clean" score - no added dynamics, not even in brackets - & unidentified editorial added notes in the "filling out" of the continuo part. Organization of information about the many textual variants is unsystematic, confusing & occasionally erroneous. Many verbal errors...

    , f.i. "of" for "oft" (in the aria "Sweet Bird") and "two sisters Graces" for "two sister Graces." Major gaffe: confusing Samuel Johnson with Ben Jonson, and wrongly "correcting" John Milton's text accordingly. Use with great caution.

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