George Frideric Handel : Largo from Xerxes
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About 'Largo from Xerxes'
||Handel, George Frideric (biography)|
|The Artist:||Important composer from the Baroque period who became a British citizen in 1726. He wrote many operas and oratorios, including the popular Messiah.|
|Composition Info:||This piece comes from an Xerxes - opera seria in three acts. The opening aria, "Ombra mai fu", sung by Xerxes to a tree, is set to one of Handel's best-known melodies, and is often played in an orchestral arrangement, known as Handel's "Largo". |
It is often performed at solemn occasions such as funerals and weddings. It was arranged for all sorts of instruments and voices.