Ariodante Suite

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. Chuck Elledge)

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General Info

Year: 1735 / 2004
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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Program Notes

Masterfully arranged, this delightful three-movement suite explores the musical characteristics of the Baroque style. The first two movements are arrangements of dances from a ballet sequence and the final movement is an arrangement of the instrumental introduction to the final chorus of the opera.

- Program Note from publisher

Ariodante (HWV 33) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel. The anonymous Italian libretto was based on a work by Antonio Salvi, which in turn was adapted from Canti 4, 5 and 6 of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. The opera was first performed in the Covent Garden Theatre, London, on 8 January 1735.

Like Handel's other works in the opera seria genre, Ariodante, despite its initial success, fell into oblivion for nearly two hundred years. In the 1970s, the work began to be revived, and has come to be considered one of Handel's finest operas.

Synopsis: In Medieval Scotland, Ginevra, daughter of the King, is in love with and betrothed to Prince Ariodante. She rejects the amorous advances of the Duke of Albany, Polinesso, who then cruelly tricks Ariodante and Ginevra's father into believing that Ginevra has been unfaithful. Ariodante attempts suicide and Ginevra is condemned, but after a challenge to a duel by Lurcanio, Ariodante's brother, the dying Polinesso admits his plot and the lovers are reunited.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: II
  • Michigan: Junior High D
  • Texas: II. Complete


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  • Ariodante, Wikipedia Accessed 29 June 2021
  • Handel, G.; Elledge, C. (2004). Ariodante Suite [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.