Three Arias from Solomon

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

with strings and bc

Ref. no Han 11 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

  • When the sun o'er yonder hills - alto/mezzo (bflat-f'')
  • Can I see my infant gor'd? - soprano (e'flat-g'')
  • Golden Columns fair and bright - tenor (d-f'#)

In When the sun o’er yonder hills, Solomon vows life-long praise of God for the gift of wisdom. The second aria, Can I see my infant gor’d? records the famous instance of Solomon’s wisdom in judging which of the two prostitutes was the true mother of the surviving baby, and is full of drama and pathos. The third aria has Zadok the priest extolling the magnificence of the finished Temple.