Largo: “Ombra mai fu” from Xerxes (violin duo)
Title: Largo: “Ombra mai fu” from the opera Xerxes
Composer: G. F. Handel, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Two Violins
Printout: 2 pages
Note: Generally known as the “Largo” from Xerxes, Ombra mai fu is one of Handel’s most admired arias. And for good reasons: it has a beautiful melody, luscious harmonies, and no da capo. Despite its familiar title, the actual tempo designation is larghetto.