The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69 (Handel, George Frideric)



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Editor Friedrich Chrysander (1826-1901)
Publisher. Info. Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 18
Leipzig: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1863. Plate H.W. 18.
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Language German / English
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Work Title The Choice of Hercules
Alternative. Title
Composer Handel, George Frideric
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. HWV 69
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 parts
  • Part 1
1. Overture
2. Accompagnato: See, Hercules! how smiles yon myrtle plain (Pleasure)
3. Aria: Come, blooming boy, with me repair (Pleasure)
4. Aria: There the brisk sparkling nectar repair (Pleasure)
5. Solo and Chorus
a. Solo: While for thy arms that Beauty glows (Pleasure)
b. Chorus: Seize, seize these blessings, blooming boy! (Chorus)
Recitative: Away, mistaken wretch, away! (Virtue)
6. Aria: This manly youth's exalted mind (Virtue)
Recitative: Rise youth! exalt thyself and me (Virtue)
7. Aria: Go, assert thy heav'nly race (Virtue)
Recitative: In peace, in war, pursue thy country's good (Virtue)
8. Solo and Chorus
a. Solo: So shalt thou gain immortal praise (Virtue)
b. Chorus: The golden trump of Fame
Recitative: Hearst thou, what dangers then thou must engage? (Pleasure)
9. Solo and Chorus
a. Solo: Turn thee, youth, to joy and love (Pleasure)
b. Chorus: Why, ah why this fond delay?
  • Part 2
Recitative: Short is my way (Pleasure, Hercules)
10. Aria: Yet, can I hear that dulcet lay (Hercules)
11. Aria: Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove (an Attendant of Pleasure's)
Recitative: Oh! whither, Reason, dost thou fly? (Hercules)
12. Trio: Where shall I go? (Pleasure, Virtue, Hercules)
13. Accompagnato: Mount, mount the steep ascent! (Virtue)
14. Aria: Mount, mount the steep ascent (Virtue)
15. Chorus: Arise, arise!
Recitative: The sounds breathe fire celestial (Hercules)
16. Aria: Lead, Goddess, lead the way (Hercules)
17. Chorus: Virtue will place thee in that blest abode
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1750 (28 June to 5 July)
Librettist Robert Lowth, adapted, probably by Morell.
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices, chorus, orchestra