Sudden Charms

Roger Parker

in Remaking the Song

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520244184
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931787 | DOI:
Sudden Charms

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This chapter analyzes the aria in the second scene of George Frideric Handel's opera Rodelinda. It explains that this scene was set in a Milanese cypress grove amid the tombs of the Lombard kings and that the aria is one of the most famous of all of Handel's works. It highlights the unconventional composition of the aria and suggests that Handel clearly had multiple thoughts over the somewhat shaky linguistic bridge that joins recitative to aria.

Keywords: aria; Frideric Handel; opera; Rodelinda; recitative

Chapter.  5305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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