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Xerxes in Full Score

Xerxes in Full Score

By: George Frideric Handel

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One of Handel's rare ventures into comedy, Xerxes parodies the conventions of opera seria. Love triangles, swaggering heroism, and all manner of operatic pretensions receive a playful tweaking. Handel's subtle humor never descends into farce, however, and the work possesses all the dramatic intensity and depth of character portrayal found in a serious opera.
Based on a real-life emperor, Xerxes I, the story's setting is in fifth-century Persia. The complex plot departs from the historical record to weave a romantic rivalry between the ruler and his handsome brother, replete with intrigue: a misplaced love letter, disguises, and mistaken identities. Throughout the tale's vicissitudes, Handel moves smoothly from drama to comedy and back, using arias with an unprecedented degree of fluidity. Musicians will find this full-score edition of Handel's innovative work an authoritative, practical,and economical resource.

Reprint of the F. W. Chrysander, 1884 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486449653
ISBN 139780486449654
Author/EditorGeorge Frideric Handel
Page Count160
Dimensions9 3/8 x 12 1/4

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