Va tacito e nascosto  from Giulio Cesare in Egitto Maximize

Va tacito e nascosto from Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Composer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) 
Arranger: John Humphries 
Instrumentation: French Horn, Alto and Piano 
Performance Time: 5:00
Price: $10.00

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The 8th of Handel’s Chandos Anthems dates from about 1717-1718 and was written for performance at St Lawrence’s Church at Cannons Park, Edgware, London. Characteristically, Handel then reused ideas from the score in other works, and this concerto movement for two horns accompanied by 2 oboes and strings is based on the opening section of the anthem.

The arrangement survives today in a single manuscript in the British Library, and may have been written at any time between about 1720 and 1738. The horn had first been heard in London at the end of the 17th Century, but it is not until the 1730s that we know the details of any of the players for whom it may have been written. Among them is Christopher Winch, who played in “Mr Handel’s operas and oratorios for several years” and probably wrote the first horn tutor to appear in England, The Compleat Tutor, in 1746. Another possibility is that Handel made the arrangement for the famous Hungarian player known simply as “Mr Charles”, who made his debut in a concerto for two horns at the Drury Lane Theatre, London on 3rd March 1738.

This arrangement for two horns and piano or organ was first performed at the 36th International Horn Symposium in Valencia in July 2004 by the horn players Raul Diaz and Thomas Müller.

© John Humphries