Lascia ch'io pianga

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"Lascia ch'io pianga", originally "Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa", is an Italian-language soprano aria by composer George Frideric Handel that has become a popular concert piece.wikipedia
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Rinaldo (opera)

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Four years after that, in 1711, Handel used the music again, this time for his London opera Rinaldo and its act 2 aria "Lascia ch'io pianga", or "Let me weep", sung by the character Almirena.
Of its individual numbers, the soprano aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" has become a particular favourite, and is a popular concert piece.

George Frideric Handel

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"Lascia ch'io pianga", originally "Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa", is an Italian-language soprano aria by composer George Frideric Handel that has become a popular concert piece.
This work contains one of Handel's favourite arias, Cara sposa, amante cara, and the famous Lascia ch'io pianga.

Farinelli (film)

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The aria has been recorded by many artists, and is featured in several films including Farinelli; All Things Fair by Bo Widerberg; L.I.E. by Michael Cuesta; Antichrist and Nymphomaniac, both by Lars von Trier.
Shocked and heartbroken, Carlo sings Handel's music (the aria Lascia ch'io pianga ) so beautifully that Handel faints.

Antichrist (film)

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The aria has been recorded by many artists, and is featured in several films including Farinelli; All Things Fair by Bo Widerberg; L.I.E. by Michael Cuesta; Antichrist and Nymphomaniac, both by Lars von Trier.
The aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's opera Rinaldo is used as the film's main musical theme.

Soprano

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"Lascia ch'io pianga", originally "Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa", is an Italian-language soprano aria by composer George Frideric Handel that has become a popular concert piece.

Aria

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"Lascia ch'io pianga", originally "Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa", is an Italian-language soprano aria by composer George Frideric Handel that has become a popular concert piece.

Almira

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Its melody is first found in act 3 of Handel's 1705 opera Almira as a sarabande; the score for this can be seen on page 81 of Vol.

Sarabande

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Its melody is first found in act 3 of Handel's 1705 opera Almira as a sarabande; the score for this can be seen on page 81 of Vol.

Friedrich Chrysander

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Oratorio

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Handel then used the tune for the aria "Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa", or "Leave the Thorn, Take the Rose", for the character Piacere in part 2 of his 1707 oratorio Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (which was much later, in 1737, revised as Il trionfo del Tempo e della Verità).

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Handel then used the tune for the aria "Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa", or "Leave the Thorn, Take the Rose", for the character Piacere in part 2 of his 1707 oratorio Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (which was much later, in 1737, revised as Il trionfo del Tempo e della Verità).

Key (music)

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The aria is written in the key of F major with a time signature of and a tempo marking of Largo.

F major

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The aria is written in the key of F major with a time signature of and a tempo marking of Largo.

Time signature

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The aria is written in the key of F major with a time signature of and a tempo marking of Largo.

Tempo

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The aria is written in the key of F major with a time signature of and a tempo marking of Largo.

John Walsh (printer)

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In the first edition published by John Walsh, the orchestration is unspecified, giving only a solo melody line above an unfigured bass line.

Orchestration

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In the first edition published by John Walsh, the orchestration is unspecified, giving only a solo melody line above an unfigured bass line.

Bar (music)

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There is the mention 'violins' at bar 23 where the singer breaks (bar 31 in most modern editions which include an 8-bar introduction).

Répertoire International des Sources Musicales

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Chrysander claimed to have worked from Handel's 'performance score' and stated that the autograph manuscript had been lost (although RISM state that the British Library hold a fragment of the autograph missing 53 bars); Chrysander's edition shows two violins and a viola with a cello.

Viola

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Chrysander claimed to have worked from Handel's 'performance score' and stated that the autograph manuscript had been lost (although RISM state that the British Library hold a fragment of the autograph missing 53 bars); Chrysander's edition shows two violins and a viola with a cello.

Cello

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Chrysander claimed to have worked from Handel's 'performance score' and stated that the autograph manuscript had been lost (although RISM state that the British Library hold a fragment of the autograph missing 53 bars); Chrysander's edition shows two violins and a viola with a cello.

Figured bass

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In the first edition published by John Walsh, the orchestration is unspecified, giving only a solo melody line above an unfigured bass line.

Melisma

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Most modern editions seem to be based upon Chrysander's version, as can be seen from the different placement of certain syllables in the melismata in his version and in the Walsh first edition.

All Things Fair

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The aria has been recorded by many artists, and is featured in several films including Farinelli; All Things Fair by Bo Widerberg; L.I.E. by Michael Cuesta; Antichrist and Nymphomaniac, both by Lars von Trier.

Bo Widerberg

The aria has been recorded by many artists, and is featured in several films including Farinelli; All Things Fair by Bo Widerberg; L.I.E. by Michael Cuesta; Antichrist and Nymphomaniac, both by Lars von Trier.