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Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio) for Soprano Voice, Flute/Treble Recorder and Basso Continuo, HWV 134

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From the Publisher

Handel’s autograph of the cantata Pensieri notturni di Filli, meaning Phyllis’ nightly thoughts, is kept in the British Library under the shelf mark RM. 20. e. 2. The cantata was probably composed around 1706, when Handel was spending a period of extended studies in Italy. A whole series of corrections and deletions in the music suggests this might actually be the very first version of the piece. The cantata is registered under the number 134 in the record of Handel’s works (HWV) and is his only cantata existing for the instrumentation soprano, treble recorder and B.c.

The present edition keeps very close to the autograph. Additions by the editor have been marked as such. The text has been carefully adapted to modern prose and the translation is intended solely to improve the understanding of the contents.

I am grateful to Mr. Prof. Mario Sicca for helping to decipher and translate the Italian text.

Translation: J. Whybrow

Calw, November 1995, Franz Müller-Busch

Performance duration (approx): 9'

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute or Treble Recorder
  • Part 2: Voice - Soprano
  • Part 3: Basso continuo
Category: Music for Flute and Soprano Voice
Publisher: Girolamo Musikverlag
Publisher's reference: G 11.001
Our Stock Code: 1497649
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (11 pages [score])

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