Languia di bocca lusinghiera

Recit & Aria from HWV 123

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

for soprano (d'-g''), oboe, violin and bc

Ref. no Han 05A (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

According to Ellen T Harris (op.cit. above) it is probable that Languia di bocca lusinghiera was composed in 1710 in Hanover, since the style of paper used by Handel suggests this. Harris also suggests that Languia di bocca lusinghiera may not be the fragment of a cantata, as is suggested in the Handelgesellschaft edition, but may have been intended for an opera. This is supported by the fact that, as Mayo points out, Handel reused the aria Dolce bocca for the aria Finte labbra in Il Pastor Fido (1712.)