Handel : Piangero from Julius Cesaer (Arranged for Brass quintet)

Product Code : Handel_02
Giulio Cesare is Italian for "Julius Caesar ", commonly known as Giulio Cesare. It is a dramma per musica (opera seria) in three acts (HWV 17) composed for the Royal Academy of Music in 1724. The libretto was written by Nicola Francesco Haym who used an earlier libretto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani, which had been set to music by Antonio Sartorio (1676). The opera was a success at its first performances, was frequently revived by Handel in his subsequent opera seasons and today is one of the most frequently performed Baroque operas.
It was first performed at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket, London on 20 February 1724. The opera was an immediate success. Handel revived the opera (with various changes) three times during his lifetime: in 1725, 1730, and 1732.
Piangero is from act 3 of the opera and has the following synopsis. Furious at Tolomeo for being ungrateful to him despite his loyalty, Achilla plans to defect to Cleopatra's side, but Tolomeo stabs him before he does. As battle rings out between Tolomeo's and Cleopatra's armies, Tolomeo celebrates his apparent victory against Cleopatra. Cleopatra laments losing both the battle and Cesare with the Aria Piangerò la sorte mia. However, Cesare is not dead and is roaming the desert in search of his troops. While looking for Tolomeo, Sesto finds the wounded, nearly dead Achilla, who hands Sesto a seal authorizing him to command his armies. Cesare appears and demands the seal, promising that he will either save both Cornelia and Cleopatra or die. With Cesare, alive and Achilla dead, Sesto's spirits lift, and he vows to fight on. Cesare continues to Cleopatra's camp, where a lamenting Cleopatra is overjoyed to see him.
This moving Aria is one of the very many compositions that again we simply cannot understand why it has not been made available until now for brass ensemble, and we believe is comfortably manageable for a brass group that should make a good addition to a concert programme.
Technically we would class this as intermediate, since although the first and last sections are fairly easy, the middle section has some quite fast “moving parts” to it. We hope you enjoy this.
No. of Players : 5 Difficulty : Intermediate Arranged by : Mark Leigh
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Piangero from Julius Cesaer (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Price : £20