Handel's "L'Allegro, il Penseroso and il Moderato": "Sweet bird" sung by Emma Kirkby

Georg Frideric Handel - L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato - "Sweet bird" (Emma Kirkby)

In 1740 Handel created his setting of Milton's "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso," to which he added a third persona, "Il Moderato." In this aria he successfully creates a musical context for the lyricism of "Il Penseroso" (Line 61 on). The delicate versatility of the music perfectly matches the shifting moods and settings of the poem with a lightness of touch which is identical to Milton's own.

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