George Frideric Handel : Largo from Xerxes
 

George Frideric Handel : Largo from Xerxes



About 'Largo from Xerxes'

Artist: Handel, George Frideric (biography)   (sheet music)
Born:1685 , Halle
Died:1759 , London
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 Date:1738
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.




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