Giovanni Battista Bononcini [or Buononcini] (1670 --
1747) was an Italian Baroque composer and cellist, one
of a family of string players and composers.
Griselda is a dramma per musica in three acts that was
composed by Giovanni Battista Bononcini. The opera uses
a revised version of the 1701 Italian libretto by
Apostolo Zeno that was based on Giovanni Boccaccio's
The Decameron (X, 10, "The Patient Griselda"). The
Italian poet Paolo Antonio Rolli was hired to revise
the text. Bononcini's opera premiered in London at the
King's Theatre on 22 February 1722.
Probably the most famous song from the opera is
Ernesto's aria, "Per la gloria d'adorarvi", which
remains to this day a popular selection for concert and
Although originally written as an Aria for Opera, I
created this arrangement for Violin, Viola & Acoustic