12. Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly

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

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
D major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Andante
Structure
dal segno
Length
94 measures

English text

Soprano

Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly,
Most musical, most melancholy!
Thee, chauntress, oft the woods among,
I woo to hear thy even-song.
Or, missing thee, I walk unseen,
On the dry smooth-shaven green,
To behold the wand’ring moon
Riding near her highest noon.
Sweet bird…

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Flauto traverso I solo + Flauto traverso II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo

Notes

Based on the poetry of John Milton

Resources

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