Acis and Galatea

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Acis and Galatea. Masque, serenata, or pastoral in 2 acts by Handel to text by John Gay with additions by Pope, Dryden, and Hughes, based on Ovid's Metamorphoses XIII. Written and f.p. at Cannons, Edgware, seat of Earl of Carnarvon, later Duke of Chandos, May 1718; London f.p. 1732, when part of Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, comp. Naples, 1708, was incorporated. Rev. for larger forces and pubd. 1743. Contains bass aria O ruddier than the cherry. Lully, Haydn, and Hatton were among other composers of dramatic works on this subject.