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Berenice, Queen of Egypt (HWV38) Overture

Composer
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
String quartet
Instrumental parts
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Berenice, Queen of Egypt, HWV 38 was composed by George Frideric Handel when he was in Italy in 1709. It is a love story of Berenice III, daughter of Ptolemy IX. The overture of the opera consists of the following four parts. I. Introduction II. Allegro III. Andante, Larghetto IV. Gigue I and II are for four parts (Violin I/Oboe I, Violin II/Oboe II, Viola, Bass) and III and IV are for three parts (Violin/Oboe, Viola, Bass). III is a remarkable movement filled with a feeling of happiness.

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