Largo (ombra mai fu), opening aria from the opera Xerxes (Serse) by George Frederic Händel (1738)
Performance video by Zlata Brouwer (violin) and Kees de Keyzer (organ)
Largo (Ombra mai fu) from Xerxes by Händel (violin and organ)
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How to play this piece and create the right tone?
The notes are very simple to play, however it’s hard to get the right sound and expression. It requires to make very long notes with a sustained sound. This means saving the bow and changing dynamics a lot within one bow stroke. Also it requires preparation in terms of bow division: on what part of the bow do you play certain notes. Also it’s important to adjust the bowings: crescendo on the upbow and decrescendo on the downbow.
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