REPERTOIRE

1. Vocal courses

Both vocal courses will focus on pieces Handel composed during his time in Italy. They will also offer the opportunity to deal with works by other composers. Course participants may select the pieces they want to work on, but the following list is intended to provide a general orientation.

a) cantatas for solo voices, one or two violins, and basso continuo (all appearing in the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, series V, volumes 3 to 5):

  • Alpestre monte (soprano) HWV 81
  • Armida abbandonata (soprano) HWV 105
  • Il duello amoroso (soprano/alto) HWV 82
  • Cuopre tal volta il cielo (bass) HWV 98

b) solo cantatas for voice and basso continuo.
With the exception of tenor, Handel included all vocal ranges (appeared in the old complete Handel edition by Friedrich Chrysander, with a digitized copy available online:
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  • La Lucrezia HWV 145 (soprano)
  • Deh! lasciate e vita volo HWV 103 (alto)
  • Dalla guerra amorosa HWV 102a (bass)

c) arias from operas and oratorios in his Italian period. (Rodrigo, Agrippina, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, La resurezzione; both operas already appeared in the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, we would like to refer to the Chrysander edition for the two oratorios).

d) chamber duets and trios for two to three voices and basso continuo (appeared in the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, series V, volume 2)

  • “Amor, gioje mi porge” (two sopranos) HWV 180
  • “Caro autor di mia doglia” – two editions: soprano, tenor HWV 182a; 2 old HWV 182b
  • “Che vai pensando, folle pensier” ( soprano, bass) HWV 184
  • “Quel fior che all'alba ride” (2 sopranos, bass) HWV 200

2. Instrumental courses

The instrumental courses will focus on instrumental works Handel composed during his time in London. However, they will also offer the opportunity to study works by other composers. Course participants may select the pieces they want to work on, but the following list is intended to provide a general orientation:

a) focus on purely instrumental works (all appeared in the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe and in various individual editions)

  • Sonatos for violin and basso continuo
  • Trio sonatos for 2 violins and basso continuo

b) focus on the instrumental parts of the cantatas (in conjunction with the vocal courses)

c) cembalo works by Handel and other composers

d) exercises in playing continuo (violoncello and cembalo)