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HWV Appendix


 

HWV A1: L'Elpidia, overo Li rivali generosi

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: ?Nicola Haym, after A. Zeno, 1697
  • Completed score: 1725
  • First performance: 11 May 1725: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (10 performances to 19 June)
  • Revival: 30 November 1725: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (4 performances to 11 December).

HWV A2: Olibrio or Genserico

  • Genre: Opera
  • Libretto: After Beregan, 1693
  • Composed: ?January 1728
  • Notes: A fragment; only part of Act 1 drafted; never completed.

HWV A3: Ormisda

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: ?Rossi, after Zeno, 1722
  • Completed score: 1730
  • First performance: 4 April 1730: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (13 performances to 14 May; also 9 June)
  • Revival: 28 November 1730: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (5 performances to 8 December).
  • Notes:
    • '12 songs changed' at 21 April 1730 performance, for Strada's benefit.
    • Several arias changed for 28 November 1730 revival.

HWV A4: Venceslao

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: ?Rossi, after Zeno, 1724
  • Completed score: 1731
  • First performance: 11 January 1731: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (4 performances to 23 January)

HWV A5: Titus l'empéreur

  • Genre: Opera
  • Libretto: In Italian, ? from J. Racine, "Berenice"
  • Composed: ? - Oct. - Nov. 1731
  • Notes: Fragment; only part of Act 1 drafted; never completed.

HWV A6: Lucio Papirio dittatore

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Zeno/C.I. Frugoni, 1729
  • Completed score: 1732
  • First performance: 23 May 1732: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (4 performances to 6 June)

HWV A7: Catone

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Metastasio, 1728/9
  • Completed score: 1732
  • First performance: 4 November 1732: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket

HWV A8: Semiramide or Semiramis riconosciuta

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Metatstasio, 1729
  • Completed score: 1733
  • First performance: 30 October 1733: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket

HWV A9: Caio Fabricio

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Zeno, 1732
  • Completed score: 1733
  • First performance: 4 December 1733: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket

HWV A10: Arbace

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Metatstasio, 1730
  • Completed score: 1734
  • First performance: 5 January 1734: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket

 

HWV A11: Oreste

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After G. G. Barlocci, 1723
  • Completed score: 1734
  • First performance: 18 December 1734: London, Covent Garden Theatre (3 performances to 28 December)
  • Notes: Music entirely by Handel.
  • HG edition: 48 (fragment)
  • HHA edition: II/Sup. 1

HWV A12: Didone abbandonata

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Metatstasio, 1726
  • Completed score: 1737
  • First performance: 13 April 1737: London, Covent Garden Theatre

HWV A13: Alessandro Severo

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: After Zeno, 1717/23
  • Completed score: 1738
  • First performance: 25 February 1738: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (5 performances to 11 March; also 30 May)
  • Notes: Music entirely by Handel.
  • HG edition: 48 (fragment)

HWV A14: Giove in Argo (translation: Jupiter in Argos)

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Libretto: In Italian, after A.M. Lucchini "Giove in Argo", 1719
  • Completed score: 24 April 1739
  • First performance: 1 May 1739: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket (also 5 May)
  • Notes: Music entirely by Handel.

HWV A151-37: Menuets; in various keys

  • Genre: Keyboard
  • Notes: Arranged from music of opera arias.
  • HHA edition: IV/19

Handel Compositions NOT
included in the HWV Catalog
(HWV deest; 'deest' is latin for 'missing')

The Beauteous Cloe or 'Cloe, you're witty'

  • A recycling of the aria 'S'io dir potessi' from Ottone (HWV 15) -- possibly by Handel himself.

Dicente mis ojos

  • Reworked version of the final aria of the Spanish cantata Nò se emenderá jamás (HWV 140)

The Dream or 'Beneath a shady willow'

  • Based on the middle section of the opening chorus of Acis and Galatea (HWV 049a).

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

  • Genre: Italian sacred cantata (S; 2-part violins, basso continuo)
  • Completed score: ?1703-9
  • Notes:
    • Identified in the year 2000 at the Royal Academy of Music's (London) library by Professor Hans Joachim Marx of Hamburg, Germany. The manuscript at the RAM is not in Handel's hand.
    • Handel later borrowed from the Gloria to compose Laudate pueri dominum and Utrecht Jubilate.
    • The world premiere full performance of the Gloria occurred on 3 June 2001 at the International Händel Göttingen Festival (sung by Dominique Labelle, accompanied by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco, and directed by Nicholas McGegan).

Lucio Vero

  • Genre: Opera (pasticcio)
  • Completed score: 1745
  • First performance: 14 November, 1745: London, King's Theatre
  • Notes: A pasticcio opera containing music by Handel and performed by the "Middlesex" opera company (named after Lord Middlesex).

Lusinga questo cor

  • Genre: Italian aria (S)
  • Composed: ?London, circa 1712-17

March in 'Judas Maccabaeus' in F major

  • Genre: Orchestral
  • Key: F major
  • Composed: circa 1747-8
  • Notes: As addition to oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus" (HWV 63) or to Concerto a due cori in F major (HWV 334).
  • HHA edition: IV/16

Marche in G major

  • Genre: Wind ensemble
  • Key: G major
  • Composed: circa 1746-7
  • Borrowings: Independent wind version of the oratorio, "Judas Maccabeus" march (HWV 63, no. 32a)
  • HHA edition: Not included in HHA.

Marche lentement in C major

  • Genre: Wind ensemble
  • Key: C major
  • Composed: circa 1741
  • Borrowings: Wind version of the oratorio, Samson's (HWV 57) "Dead March."
  • HHA edition: Not included in HHA.

No Kossi presto nò

  • Genre: Italian aria (S)
  • Notes: Text apparently macaronic Italian-German.

Der Mund spricht zwar

  • Reworked version of the aria from the opera Almira (HWV 1)

An Oratorio

  • Genre: Oratorio (pasticcio)
  • Completed score: 1738
  • First performance: 28 March 1738: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket; Handel's benefit performance
  • Notes: Bilingual pasticcio, including much music from "Deborah" (HWV 51), "As pants the hart" (Chandos Anthem No. 6; HWV 251b), a Coronation Anthem, and organ concertos.

Quand on suit l'amoureuse loi

  • A short da capo aria in the style of a gavotte.

Rossane

  • Genre: Opera
  • Completed score: 1743
  • First performance: 8 November, 1743: London, King's Theatre
  • Revival :
    • 24 February, 1747: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket
    • 20 February, 1748: London, King's Theatre, Haymarket
  • Notes: Lampugnani arranged music from Handel's "Alessandro" (HWV 21), which was subsequently performed by the "Middlesex" opera company.

Sans y penser

  • Another version of the French song (HWV 155) in a lower key and a simpler bass line.

Sa perchè pena il cor

  • Genre: Italian aria (A)
  • Composed: London, circa 1712-17

Water Music Chamber Suite

  • Genre: Orchestral Suite
  • Notes:
    • Nine movements.
    • Contemporary arrangement, but authenticity uncertain.
    • Published by Burrows in 1991.

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