Ermatinger 1 Matthew Ermatinger 6987 Dr Debora DeWitt MUS 112 Frederic’s “Handle” on Artistic Phrasing Lascia Ch’io Pa’anga is a baroque period piece composed by Frederic Handel. Paraphrased from thoughtco.com, Almirena is abducted from the love of her life, Rinaldo, and morns her predicament. Because of ternary form and the strong use of word painting, Lascia Ch’io Pa’anga composition, amazingly, fully supports its tragic narrative. Ternary form is best summarized as statement, contrast, and restatement. The first example of his form is in measure 15-22. Where the same phrase from measure 1-8 is repeated after the “contrasting statement” was just introduced in measure 9-14. Also, the same phrase is repeated at the end of the piece because of the “Da Capo al Fine” marking located on measure 42. The importance Ternary form is derived from the familiarity and structure given to the listener. In this case, it also adhears to the dynamic that our damsel can’t escape her captivity therefore as listeners we two can’t escape. Word painting is use of musicality to portray the lyrics or theme of a song. Using dynamics, phasing and/or melody to emphasize emotion or action. For example, in measure 1-8 our melody is underlined with repeated notes and long pauses hinting at the feeling of being trapped or stationary. Also, throughout the piece there is little to no circle progression movement similarly implying a lack of resole or forward progression.