1. Hence, loathed Melancholy

From L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I, L’Allegro

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
G major → C major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Largo
Length
19 measures

English text

Tenor

Hence loathed Melancholy
Of Cerberus, and blackest midnight born,
In Stygian cave forlorn
‘Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy,
Find out some uncouth cell,
Where brooding darkness spreads his jealous wings,
And the night-raven sings;
There under ebon shades, and low-brow’d rocks,
As ragged as thy locks,
In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Oboe I
  • Violino II + Oboe II
  • Viola I
  • Viola II
  • Fagotto I + Violoncello I
  • Fagotto II + Violoncello II
  • Tenore
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Cembalo

Notes

Based on the poetry of John Milton

Resources

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