Ombra mai fu (George Frideric Handel)

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  • CPDL #18998:  Full score   Strings (PDF) Voice and continuo realization  
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2009-03-05).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 144 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key. Recitative and Aria (Scene 1, Act 1 of the opera Serse). Edition follows Chrysander, minimal articulations added. Full score, parts, and voice-continuo realization.
  • CPDL #19008:  Full score   Strings (PDF) Voice and continuo realization  
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2009-03-06).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major second. Recitative and Aria (Scene 1, Act 1 of the opera Serse). Edition follows Chrysander, minimal articulations added. Full score, parts, and voice-continuo realization.
  • CPDL #17686:  IMSLP1.png PDF, MIDI & Finale 2005 files
Editor: Pierre Gouin (submitted 2008-07-24).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged for solo voice and keyboard. Transposed down a major second (edition in E flat major). Scroll down to For Harpsichord or Organ (Gouin)
  • CPDL #03454:      (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Steven Langley Guy (submitted 2002-03-30).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Full score, no continuo reduction. Does not include the introductory recitative.

Arrangements

  • CPDL #07402:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2004-06-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 156 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Eva Toller
Edition notes: arranged for SSAA, midi files available for each part.

General Information

Title: Ombra mai fù
Larger work: Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Lyricist: Silvio Stampigliacreate page after Nicolò Minato

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium, also arrangement for SSAA
Genre: SecularOperaAria

Language: Italian
Instruments: String ensemble, basso continuo

Published:

Description: Serse's aria from Serse

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Recitativo.
Frondi tenere e belle
Del mio Platano amato,
Per voi risplenda il Fato
Tuoni, Lampi, e Procelle
Non vi oltraggino mai la cara pace,
Nè giunga a profanarvi Austro rapace.

Aria.
Ombra mai fù
Di vegetabile,
Care ed amabile
Soave più.
 

English.png English translation

Recitative.
Tender and beautiful fronds
of my beloved plane tree,
Let Fate smile upon you.
May thunder, lightning, and storms
never bother your dear peace,
Nor may you be profaned by blowing winds.

Aria.
Never was made
the shade of a plant,
dear and loving,
or more gentle.