Haendel: “lascia ch’io pianga” (Aria from Rinaldo) for voice and string quartet

Georg-Friedrich Haendel
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This incredibly beautiful aria is extracted from the opera Rinaldo, written by G-F Haendel on a libretto by G. Rossi. The lyrics can be found hereafter (in Italian with the English translation below)

Lascia ch’io pianga mia cruda sorte, e che sospiri la libertà.

Il duolo infranga queste ritorte de’ miei martiri sol per pietà.


Let me weep my cruel fate, and sigh for liberty.

May sorrow break these chains of my sufferings, for pity’s sake.

Score ID
Georg-Friedrich Haendel
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts

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