Dalla guerra amorosa (HWV 102) is a secular chamber
cantata for either bass (HWV 102a) or soprano (HWV
102b) written by Georg Frideric Handel in Italy during
1708–9. Other catalogues of Handel's music have
referred to the work as HG l,34; (there is no HHA
numbering). The title of the cantata roughly translates
as "From the war of amorous passion".
Dalla guerra amorosa, is thought to be among the works
written for Francesco Maria Marescotti Ruspoli, 1st
Prince of Cerveteri, as the manuscript source is a copy
made for Ruspoli in August 1709. This work is delicate
and even poignant – the aria to the fading of beauty,
La bellezza è come un fiore, is reminiscent of Come
rosa in su la spina in Apollo e Dafne. The cantata has
a refrain (Fuggite, sì fuggite) which is also reflected
in the music, and ends with a delightful arioso
following the last refrain.
Although originally written for Acompanied voice
(Bass), I created this Interpretation of the Aria: "Non
v'aletti un occhio nero" (You do not have a black eye)
from "Dalla guerra amorosa" (HWV 102a Mvt. 2) for Viola
& Classical Guitar.