composed by Handel
Opera "Rodrigo" HWV.5 was performed in Firenze, Italy, in 1707 (The composer was 22 years old). Rodrigo,was the last Visigothic king of Hispania. The libretto was based on "II duello d'amore e di vendetta" by Francesco Silvani (1620-1685). This overture was originnaly written for Violin I/II, Oboe I/II, Viola, and Bass continuo (Violoncello & Bassoon). It is energetic and flooded with happiness.