Music in "La lotte d'Acheloo"
This suite comes from Steffani's 1689 opera, La lotta d'Hercole con Acheloo (the battle between Hercules and Acheloo), written for the court of Hannover. The work is important - not only in its own right - but as an oft-plundered source for later operas by Handel. After the overture come suites of dances for "for the river nymphs", "for the courtesans" and "for the gardeners".
1. Ouverture 2.  Airs pour les Ninfes de la Riviere 3.  Airs pour les Gens du Cour 4.  Airs pour les Jardiniers et les Jardinieres 5. Entree
Edited by Brian Clark.
Scoring: [Flutes / oboes], 2 violins, viola, contiuo.
The performing set includes extras for oboes and bassoon.