Falstaff goes a-courting

Flastaff, dressed in all his finery, arrives to pay court to Alice Ford blissfully unaware of the horrible, watery fate that awaits him.

And what about the English Falstaffs? Elgar’s tone poem is based on Henry IV parts  1 & 2, but there is a moment (a tiny aria in Act 2, Scene 2) when the Italian opera and the English symphonic poem intersect.

Libretto Act 2, Scene 2

Verdi: Falstaff, Act 2, Scene 1
Adrianne Pieczonka – Verdi: Falstaff / Act 2 – “Presenteremo un bill” – “Giunta all’albergo”
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Elgar: Falstaff
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Act 2

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