Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | October 19, 2017

Handel’s Largo

“Handel’s Largo” is the popular title for an aria composed by George Frideric Handel. He wrote it in 1738 for the opera Serse (English: Xerxes). The opera was a failure and closed after only five performances but one hundred years later the aria became a big hit.

It has been arranged for all sorts of instruments and the version I play is by my guitar teacher Jason Waldron. Although it is an advanced piece any student from Grade 2 onwards can start learning the piece, perhaps just learning the chords or bass to begin with. Let me know if this piece takes your fancy the next time we catch up.

It is known by many people as “Ombra mai fu” because those words are the first words of the aria, but I’m sure you will recognise the music as it is often used at solemn occasions.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my version and make sure that you also check out the video of Largo by the London Symphony Orchestra.


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