Learn the Italian lyrics and English translation of the sweet aria "Ore dilci e divine" from Puccini's opera, La Rondine. Though it isn't my favorite aria of all time, nor is it the best ever written, it certainly possesses quite a few brilliant and sweetly composed melodic passages.
Had it not been for a hidden clavichord in the attic of his family's home, a very young (and sneaky) George Frideric Handel who was forbidden to study music by his father may have never become a composer. Learn about the life of the man behind the Messiah and many other famous baroque period works in this George Frideric Handel profile.
As I mentioned in the previous post, with over 50 movements between its front and back covers, Handel's Messiah can be an overwhelming work to get into. To help you navigate through this massive oratorio, here are some lyrics and excerpts from some of the Messiah's most memorable and exciting movements.
There are a handful of pieces that most people will recognize including the overwhelmingly popular "Hallelujah Chorus," but with over fifty movements within its three act structure, it's understandable not to recognize a large portion of the music in Handel's Messiah. In this Messiah Profile, learn about its origins, libretto, music, and more.