Talk:Silent Worship (Somervell, Arthur)

This is one of the "Ten Songs" published by Somervell consisting of his 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 were 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.

Music by Handel, except for nos. 4 & 5, which are 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)