Largo: “Ombra mai fu” from Xerxes (violin viola duo)
Title: Largo: “Ombra mai fu” from the opera Xerxes
Composer: G. F. Handel, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin and Viola
Printout: 2 pages
Note: In Ombra mai fu, one of his most celebrated operatic arias, Handel broke from the long-standing tradition of da capo writing, giving listeners instead a little nugget of beauty. Since the opera’s rediscovery in the late 19th century, Ombra mai fu has been referred to as the “Largo from Xerxes.” Handel’s original tempo marking is larghetto.