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quel fior che all'alba ride

George Frideric Handel
Quel fior che all'alba ride · HWV 192
Two soprano voices · basso continuo

Like its equally engaging companion, No, di voi non vo' fidarmi, HWV 189, HWV 192 presents music that today is familiar to us from four-part choruses in the celebrated oratorio Messiah.

Quel fior ch'all'alba ride
il sole poi l'uccide
e tomba ha nella sera.
È un fior la vita ancora:
L'occaso a nell'aurora
e perde in un sol dì la primavera.

The flower that smiles in the morning
is then killed by the sun
and is buried in the evening.
Life is like a flower:
Within the dawn it has its sunset
and in only one day it loses its spring.

Sarah Bouwers

Final Exam Bachelor

Handle Quel Fior che all;alba ride - Festival Baroque Australia

"Everything Baroque" Concert, 15th August 2008 at the Perth Town Hall, Perth Western Australia
Featuring Sara Macliver (soprano) and Fiona Campbell (mezzo soprano)
singing Handel - Quel fior che all'alba ride (HWV 154)
accompanied by Stewart Smith (keyboard) and Noeleen Wright (cello)

Konzert in Lucerne's Jesuit Church, 14.11.2009 (Patrizio Mazzola on Piano and Harpsichord) part 6

The concert was held at 14. November 2009 (19:30) in the „Jesuitenkirche" (Church of the jesuits) in Lucerne, Switzerland as a choir and solists concert - named "INSPIRED!" .

Patrizio Mazzola (Piano and Harpsichord (Brahms & Handel)),
Marc Hunziker Jazz-Trio (Piano),
Martin Völlinger (Organ)
Marysol Schalit (Sopran),
Nathalie R. Mittelbach (Mezzosopran)
Capriccio Basel (Orchestra)
Andreas Felber, Andreas Wiedmer, Pirmin Lang (Conductor)

molto cantabile (chor),
Luzerner Sängerknaben (Lucernes singer boys),
G.F. Händel-Chor

G.F. Händel: The Ways of Zion do morn
Johannes Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme by Händel op. 24
G.F. Händel / J. Brahms: Three choires from Messiah with changes oft the Duettes „Quel fior che all' alba ride" and " No, die voi non vo fidarmi"
Martin Völlinger (composer): Inspired -- composition assignment for the "Händel-Festival Luzern"

Händel: Quel fior, HWV 192 - Petibon, Panzarella

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Quel fior che all'alba ride, HWV 192

Italian duet for 2 sopranos with basso continuo

Text: -

Music: Georg Friedrich Händel

Completed score: London, 1 July 1741

- Duet: Quel fior che all'alba ride
- Duet: È un fior la vita ancora
- Duet: L'occaso ha nell'aurora

In this video:

Patricia Petibon, soprano
Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano

Le Concert d'Astrée:
Atsushi Sakaï, violoncello
Brian Feehan, lute
Emmanuelle Haïm, harpsichord

Recorded in 2001-02

Quel fior che all'alba ride was completed in 1741 though never published in Handel's lifetime. The cantata is a three-movement work in the pattern fast-slow-fast. The two fast outer movements display Handel's serious counterpoint writing with Italian lightness, grace and ease. The contrasts of key, mesure and tempo contribute to their success. It was Handel's particular treatment of counterpoint that made this work suitable for adaptation for use as chorus in an oratorio; namely Messiah. The two fast movements are recognizably the music in choruses of Handel's Messiah, which was also conceived and written mosty in 1741. "Quel fior che all'alba ride" became the chorus "His yoke is easy" and "L'occaso ha nell'aurora" became "And He shall purify". In both duets, the vocal writing is typical of Handel's virtuoso style, with rapid coloratura passages in abundance, supported by very energetic bass lines that are characteristically Handelian in shape and harmonic progression.

Quel fior che all'alba ride
il sole poi l'uccide,
e tomba ha nella sera.

È un fior la vita, la vita ancora:

l'occaso ha nell'aurora,
e perde in un sol dì la primavera.


The flower that smiles at dawn
is slain by the sun anon
and is buried in the evening.

Life is like a flower:

declining at first light,
its verdant spring lost in a single day.


Haendel Langue geme sospira HWV 188

G.F. Haendel
Langue, geme, sospira e si lagna HWV 188

Soprano Paola Crema
Contralto Ruta Vosyliute

prova generale concerto 30.10.2010
Gallerie di Palazzo Montanari Vicenza

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