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VOLUME XVIII - George Frideric Handel
Aria Con Variazioni

for Solo Harp

Edited by David Watkins

Volume XVIII  - RRP £6.50 + p&p

The success of ‘Messiah’ ensured Handel his position as one of the greatest composers and a worthy contemporary of J.S. Bach. However, it is only quite recently that his creativity in operas and oratorios has revealed his exceptional genius in these genres. Throughout his life he was a brilliant keyboard player and published many harpsichord pieces. This Aria and Variations appear in a suite of pieces published by Walsh in 1732. The similarity of figurations and the key of Bb seem to link it to the Concerto in Bb that he wrote for the harpist William Powell to perform in 1734. This is entirely in the key of Bb without any accidentals, a rare occurrence in his keyboard works. Brahms used this theme for his own ‘Handel Variations’. This edition has been made from Walsh’s original 1732 volume bought in 1960 from a bookseller in Paris.

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Sample of the music


Instrumentation Solo harp
Publisher David Watkins / Creighton's Collection
Catalogue No. DW018
ISMN 979-0-57046-084-7
Edition Date December 2012
Score Format A4 stapled score
Duration 3' 30" minutes
Grade Medium
Price  £6.50
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