3. Sei cara, sei bella

From Cecilia, volgi un sguardo, HWV 89, 1736 version

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major
Meter
4/4 → 3/4
Tempo
Andante allegro → Andante larghetto

Italian text

Sei cara, sei bella, virtute, ognor
scherzando alletti il cor;
e se ti unisci a un casto amor,
il pregio tuo è maggior.
Un puro ardor, un bel seren
amor, virtù sol dà,
e mille gioie prova il sen;
perché? ma non si sa.

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Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Contrabbasso + Cembalo

Notes

This aria, added in the expanded 1736 version of the cantata, is a parody of the aria “Sweet accents,” from the cantata “Look down, harmonious Saint” (HWV 124), which appears in the HHA Appendix.

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Contributor

Emma Clarkson

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