Handel’s unrivalled skill of writing great tunes – from the simplest utterance to show-stopping glories – sits at the heart of almost all of Handel’s dramatic works. Without the text, it could be claimed that any instrumental performance is a compromise too far. But how bereft we would be without the chance for instruments to imitate or replace the voice, to put our mark on a piece by exploring an expressive world of implication and beauty for its own sake?

This short and simple hymn of steadfastness from the Queen of Sheba comes from Act One, Scene Two of Handel’s late oratorio Solomon. It’s gentle and unassuming curves are typical of a composer who by the age of 64 had mastered English taste to a tee (with tea).

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Trumpets in C
  • Piano

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