Ye Verdant Plains & Hush Ye Pretty Warbling Quire from Acis and Galatea
Pages: 26 - score and parts
Minutes (approx.): 7m
Scoring: AATB / SoATB
This favourite recitative-aria pair from Handel’s opera, Acis and Galatea, originally featuring Sopranino recorder and strings, is arranged here for four recorders. The sweet and calm recitative, showing off the recorder's warm tone, leads into the impressively virtuosic aria. This piece has been a showstopper of BLOCK4's for many years!
Here the Sopranino/Alto doubling part takes the most challenging line. The Alto and Tenor are of medium difficulty, while the Bass line is more relaxed.
In this arrangement there is an optional extra Alto line, which can be added by larger ensembles. The Alto 2 line can also be played on Tenor, making the scoring SoTTB.
This piece is also found collected in ‘A Selection of Works from Acis and Galatea’.