Handel: Messiah

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The course of the Messiah is traced from Handel's initial musical response to the libretto, through the oratorio's turbulent initial years to its eventual rise to popularity with the Foundling Hospital performances.
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Overview

The course of the Messiah is traced from Handel's initial musical response to the libretto, through the oratorio's turbulent initial years to its eventual rise to popularity with the Foundling Hospital performances.
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"Handel scholarship has come long way...notably in important articles on "Messiah" and its versions by Donald Burrows published in Music and Letters in 1975 and 1985. (The material has been pulled together admirably in Mr. Burrows's new Cambridge Music handbook on the oratorio.)" New York Times

"...the music lover who would like to know more about Handel and Messiah will find succinct history of English oratorio, a genre that Handel himself invented under circumstances and for reasons that remain unclear to this day, and a concise survey of the evolution of the genre to 1741 (Ch. 1). ...presents for the first time in English a clear and detailed chronology of the composition and the events leading up to the first performance of Messiah on 13 April, 1742." Charles Michael Carroll, The Eighteenth Century

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521374798
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/1991
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 137
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
References to "Messiah" editions
1 The historical background 1
Handel in Germany and Italy: passion and oratorio 2
Esther, Handel's first English oratorio 4
1732-1741: from Esther to Messiah 5
2 From composition to first performance 8
The librettist 9
The collaboration 10
August-November 1741: from London to Dublin 12
The Dublin performances 15
The music and soloists in Handel's Dublin performances 22
3 The first London performances 23
The music of Handel's 1743 performances 30
4 Revival and revision, 1743-1759 32
The 1745 revival 34
1749-1753: Covent Garden and the Foundling Hospital 36
1754-1759: Handel's last years 39
Handel's revisions: aesthetic choice or practical necessity? 40
The early revisions 41
Handel's later revisions and the 1750 version 42
Versions for modern performances 44
5 Messiah in other hands 47
The nineteenth century 48
Additional accompaniments 49
To the present day 51
6 Design 55
Messiah within the oratorio genre 55
The libretto: structure and content 57
Musical forms in Messiah: some general considerations 60
Part Two "scene" I 63
7 Individual movements 68
Recitatives 68
Arias 69
Choruses 71
The orchestra's contribution 73
8 Handel's word-setting 75
Appendix 1: The libretto of Messiah 83
Appendix 2: Messiah sources 103
Notes 109
Bibliography 121
Index 123
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