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No Shade So Rare

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. Leland Forsblad)

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General Info

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.

Program Notes

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


State Ratings

  • 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

Adaptable Music

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  • 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.