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A Merry Noise

Handel's 'Atalanta' -
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'... acclamation from the jubilant Philharmonia Chorale ...'

Handel: Atalanta. Nicholas McGegan. © 2012 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

This pastoral opera was written in 1736 to celebrate the marriage of Frederick Prince of Wales to Augusta of Saxe-Coburg. The royal family considered him a 'nauseous beast', and maybe it was as well he died before his father, George II. The scenery was suitably festive: an avenue led 'to the Temple of Hymen, adorn'd with Figures of several Heathen Deities. Next was a Triumphal Arch on the top of which were the Arms of their Royal Highnesses.'

Copyright © 31 May 2012 Robert Anderson,
London UK




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