23. Populous cities please me then

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

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
D major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Allegro
Structure
Da capo
Length
82 measures

English text

Bass

Populous cities please me then,
And the busy hum of men.

Chorus

Populous cities please us then,
And the busy hum of men,
Where throngs of knights and barons bold,
In weeds of peace high triumphs hold;
With store of ladies, whose bright eyes
Rain influence, and judge the prize
Of wit, or arms, while both contend
To win her grace, whom all commend.
Populous cities… da capo

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Tromba I
  • Tromba II
  • Timpani
  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo

Notes

Based on the poetry of John Milton

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