Wedding Music

Where'er you walk

from Semele by

A heart-felt love song from a baroque opera about Gods and Goddesses.

Full Title Where'er you walk (from Semele) – George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1757)

Notes Semele was originally performed as a secular Oratorio in 1744, to a libretto by Congreve, based on the Greek myth of Semele, the mother of Dionysus. It is now more usually presented as an opera. This aria, from Act 2, is sung by Jupiter in praise of his lover, Semele. The simple melody is underpinned by a walking bass line.


Performers required

  • Choir accompanied by Organ or Piano
  • Solo singer accompanied by Organ or Piano
  • Solo Instrument with Organ or Piano
  • Organ alone
  • Piano alone

Source of printed music There are arrangements for almost every conceivable combination of singers and instruments, for this famous song

Where’er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade,
Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade.

Where’er you tread the blushing flow’rs shall rise,
And all things flourish, where’er you turn your eyes.

© Fergus Black

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