Four Duets - II

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

for soprano (b-g''#), bass (F-f'#), and bc

Ref. no Han 08 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

  • Quando in calma ride (HWV 191)
  • Giù nei Tartarei (HWV 187)

Research on the autographs of the chamber duets has shown that the manuscript paper Handel used for Che vai pensando, Giù nei Tartarei regni and Quando in calma ride, was associated with this period. Ellen T Harris groups the first two as probably written in Florence or Venice between October 1708 and October 1709, and Quando in calma ride, though more difficult to date , she groups with the opera Agrippina and the dramatic cantata Apollo e Dafne, also likely to have been written in Florence or Venice.