Babell, William | The 4th Book of the Ladys Entertainment (c1716)

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Original edition restored by Atelier Philidor.

  • Full title: The 4th Book of the Ladys Entertainment or Banquet of Musick Being a Choice Collection of the most Celebrated Aires & Duets in the Opera's of Hydaspes & Almahide. Curiously Set and fitted to the Harpsicord or Spinnet: with their Symphonys introduc'd in a compleat manr. by M. W. Babel.
  • Instrumentation: harpsichord
  • Edition | Source: Facsimile (2021) | John Walsh, London, ca. 1716
  • Notation | Clefs: G2, F4, C3
  • Text Language: English
  • Paper | Binding: ivory paper, ivory card stock cover & coil binding
  • Pages | Format: 1 volume, 40 pages - 21.6 x 35.5cm

William Babell (c1690-1723) was an English harpsichordist, organist, violinist, composer and arranger. He received his early musical instruction from his father, Charles Babel, a bassoonist in the Drury Lane Theatre orchestra until he was 80, and later from Pepusch and possibly Handel (according to Mattheson, in Der vollkommene Capellmeister, 1739, but denied by Hawkins). Babell led an active professional life in London. As a violinist he was said to have played in the private band of George I, while as a harpsichordist, from about 1711, his name frequently appears in London concert notices, usually in conjunction with those of Corbett, Paisible and (later) Dubourg. He was also associated with Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre. From November 1718 until his death he was organist of All Hallows Bread Street and was succeeded there by John Stanley. Babell was buried at All Hallows.

He acquired an international reputation as a harpsichordist largely through his virtuoso arrangements of fashionable operatic arias and overtures, especially those of Handel. His keyboard style was undoubtedly influenced by his close acquaintance with Handel's playing. [Source: Grove Music Online]

TABLE

  1. Overture of Hydaspes - Allegro, Adagio, Allegro
  2. Evano in the Opera of Hydaspes - Largo
  3. Mostro crudel in the Opera of Hydaspes - Presto, Largo
  4. Bianca man in the Opera of Hydaspes
  5. Perte Sol in the Opera of Almahide
  6. Un atto di in the Opera of Almahide
  7. Alvariar in the Opera of Almahide
  8. Al'Ombre in the Opera of Hydaspes
  9. Vi fara in the Opera of Hydaspes
  10. Il Peggio in the Opera of Hydaspes
  11. Se credi in the Opera of Hydaspes
  12. Ritornagia in the Opera of Hydaspes
  13. Io non voglio in the Opera of Hydaspes
  14. Faro che in the Opera of Hydaspes
  15. Di lusingare in the Opera of Almahide
  16. When cares in the Opera of Clotilda
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