Handel's Largo

From Wind Repertory Project
George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. Michael Brand)

Subtitle: From Xerxes

General Info

Year: 1738 / 2007
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Opera aria
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $49.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute I
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet I

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • Flute II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Trumpet II

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet III
  • Horn in F I

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet IV
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F II
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Serse ( English title: Xerxes; HWV 40) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel. It was first performed in London on 15 April 1738. The opera is set in Persia (modern-day Iran) about 470 BC and is very loosely based upon Xerxes I of Persia.

The opening aria, Ombra mai fu, sung by Xerxes to a plane tree (Platanus orientalis), is set to one of Handel's best-known melodies, and is often known as Handel's Largo (despite being marked "larghetto" in the score).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Performance Notes

This score can be played by as few as four players provided each of the four parts is covered. Additionally, each "choir" within the band – woodwinds, saxophones and brass – is complete so the band director can use contrasting choirs for different sections for variety. The B-flat Clarinets form a separate choir.

There are four B-flat Clarinet lines, but Clarinets II, III and IV are written below the break. If Part 1 is covered by Flute, Alto Saxophone or Trumpet, then Clarinet I may be omitted.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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