No Shade So Rare
Year: 1738 / 1999
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voice
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00 | Score Only (print) - $8.00
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None discovered thus far.
Though Handel's reputation from his death to the current day is built mainly on a few orchestral works and oratorios, opera dominated his compositional work for much of his career.
No Shade So Rare is a transcription of the most recognized aria from Handel's 1738 opera Xerxes. The original aria, titled Ombra mai fu, opens the opera as the title character Xerxes praises the shade of a tree. Although Xerxes was not one of Handel's successes, this aria was rediscovered in the nineteenth century and has become one of Handel's most well-known pieces.
- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band
None discovered thus far.
- Alabama: Class D
- Florida: II
- Georgia: III
- North Carolina: Iv
- South Carolina: II
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- Tualatin Valley Community Band (Tigard Ore.) (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 18 March 2018
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Amen (arr. Grace)
- Antiphonal Alleluia (arr. Liebergen) (1746/1999)
- Arm, Arm, Ye Brave (arr. Barrow) (1746/1980)
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Allen) (1748/2007)
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Kenny) (1748/1988)
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Ricketts) (1748/2004)
- Concerto Grosso, Op 6
- Conquering Hero Comes, The, from "Judas Maccabeus"
- Dead March from "Saul"
- Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Marlatt) (1748/2011)
- Finale Grandioso (arr. Philip Gordon)
- Hail the Conquering Hero (arr. Marlatt) (2008)
- Hail the Conquering Hero (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Marlatt) (1746/2008/2014)
- Hallelujah (arr. Davis and Longfield) (1741/2004)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr Ades) (1741/1958)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Johnson) (1741/1951)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Chiaffarelli) (1741/1941)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Rondeau) (1741/2010)
- Hallelujah Chorus (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Stanton) (1741/2013)
- Hallelujah Chorus (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Thorp) (1741/2003)
- Hornpipe from the "Water Music" (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Stanton) (1717/2012)
- Hornpipe from "Water Music Suite" (1717)
- La Rejouissance (arr. Williams)
- La Rejouissance from "Music for the Royal Fireworks" (arr. Seipp)
- Larghetto (arr. Bullock) (1738/1994)
- Let Me Weep (arr. Haan) (1711/2004)
- Menuetto from Symphony No. 104 "London" (arr. Glover)
- Messiah Overture (arr. Johnson) (1741/1966)
- Music for the Royal Fireworks (arr. Erickson) (1749/1997)
- Music for the Royal Fireworks, The (arr Boudreau) (arr. Boudreau) (1749/1959)
- Music for the Royal Fireworks, The (arr Mackerras) (arr. Mackerras and Baines) (1749/1960)
- No Shade So Rare (arr. Forsblad) (1738/1999)
- Overture in D Minor
- Royal Fireworks Music (arr. Sartorius) (1749/1941)
- Slow March from "Scipio"
- Song of Jupiter (arr. Anderson) (1952)
- Suite from "Messiah" (trans. Curnow) (1741/1989)
- Thanks Be to Thee
- Three Movement from "Water Music" (arr. Wagner) (1715/2014)
- Water Music (arr. Longfield) (1717/1997)
- Water Music Suite (arr. Erickson) (1717/1985)
- Water Music Suite (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Kanayama) (1717)
- Water Music Suite (arr. Kay) (1717/1950)
- Zadok the Priest
- Brown, Andrea E.. "No Shade So Rare." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 209-214. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
- Handel, G.; Forsblad, L. (1999). No Shade So Rare [score]. Grand Mesa Music: Gran Junction, Colo.