10 Songs (Handel, George Frideric)

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Editor Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
Publisher. Info. Ten Songs
London: Curwen, Ed.2046, 1928.
Reprinted New York: G. Schirmer, 1928. Plate 42837.
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Work Title 10 Songs. English Text and Piano Accompaniment (Arranged From the Figured Bass) by Arthur Somervell.
Alternative. Title
Composer Handel, George Frideric
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 songs: 8 by Handel, 2 (nos.4 & 5) by Bononcini
  1. Come to Me Soothing Sleep (Vieni o Figlio, from Ottone)
  2. The Land of Dreams (S'ei non mi vuol amar, from Tamerlano)
  3. Spring (La Speranza e Guinta, from Ottone)
  4. Ah! What sorrow (No, oh Dio, from Calphurnia)
  5. The Trumpet Is Calling (Un ombra di pace, from Calphurnia)
  6. The Moon (Tiranni miei pensieri, from Tolomeo)
  7. O What Pleasure (Vanne, segu'il mio desio, from Floridante)
  8. Lost Love (A suoi piedi, from Tamerlano)
  9. Silent Worship (Non lo diro col labbro, from Tolomeo)
  10. Mother, O Hide Me (Rendi'l sereno al ciglio, from Sosarme)
First Publication. 1928
Librettist Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice and piano

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Somervell's English lyrics set to his piano arrangements of 18th century Italian opera arias. The songs are not translations of the arias, although the original Italian lyrics are printed below the English text. (“In this volume, 'A suoi piedi' from Tamerlano, a dramatic aria in which a father denounces the daughter he believes to be disloyal, becomes 'Lovely summer! Rides the sun in glory above'!” Carl Johengen, “Arias from Handel’s Operas: A Guide to Selected Existing Sources and A Rationale for New Useful Editions.”) The cover of the volume attributes the music to Handel, but the table of contents acknowledges that two of the arias had been attributed to “G.B. Buononcini”. That authorship is confirmed in RISM.