Spande ancor a mio dispetto


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

for bass (E-g'), 2 violins and continuo

Ref. no Han 02 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

Spande ancor a mio dispetto depicts the lover’s heart as a river tumbling from rock to rock, whipped into a torrent by the storm of the beloved’s displeasure. At times it destroys the very flowers and trees it nourishes. It is full of telling word painting, descending figures tracing the precipitous course of the river, and excruciating chromaticism the heart’s pains.