Sei del ciel dono perfetto

From Cecilia, volgi un sguardo, HWV 89, Version C

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
F major
Meter
3/8
Tempo
Allegro

Italian text

Sei del ciel dono perfetto,
o virtù nel nostro petto,
tu scherzando alletti il cor.
Ma se ancora un casto amore
si congiunge al bell’ ardore,
è beata l’alma ognor.

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Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Violino II
  • Alto
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Contrabbasso + Cembalo

Notes

This aria and the recitative that precedes it are from the latest version of this cantata (Version C), for which Handel replaced the soprano aria “Sei cara, sei bella” with this aria for alto.

Issues

  • work_instrumentation for these movements is unclear: Version C of HWV89 is a later performance which included this alto aria, but whether the cantata still included soprano is ambiguous from the HHA preface

Resources

  • Full score: Hallische Händel-Ausgabe V/3, p. 266 (Appendix)
  • Scores at IMSLP ›

Contributor

Emma Clarkson

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