13. Birth and Fortune I despise!

From Saul, HWV 53, Act I, Scene II

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
A major
Meter
3/8
Tempo
Allegro → Adagio → Tempo I
Structure
Da capo
Length
129 measures

English text

Jonathan

Birth and fortune I despise!
From virtue let my friendship rise.
No titles proud thy stem adorn,
Yet born of God is nobly born,
And of His gifts so rich thy store,
That Ophir to thy wealth is poor.
Birth and fortune…

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Violino III + Viola
  • Jonathan (Tenore)
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo

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