Nine Amen and Halleluja Movements for Soprano and Basso continuo HWV 269-277 composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Stephan Blaut. For solo soprano voice/basso continuo. This edition: Stapled, Urtext edition. Stapled. Continuo Realisation by Christoph Harer. Vocal score. Language: Latin. HWV 269-277. 26 pages. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA10256).
ISBN 9790006536535. With Language: Latin. 30 x 23 cm inches.
Between 1728 and 1747 Handel composed these nine two-part movements for soprano and instrumental bass. Though speculation exists, the occasion for which the pieces were composed as well as the exact date of their composition remain unknown.The soprano sings short liturgical phrases such as "Amen", "Allelujah", "Alleluja, amen" or "Amen, alleluia". The editor has supplied a text for the movement HWV 275, which until now has, for reasons unknown, been without text. The Amen and Hallelujah movements are in easy keys (using up to one sharp or two flats) and the modulations rarely move to harmonically distant tonal areas. Handel figured the bassline in great detail which plays mostly an accompanying, supportive role, imitating the voice in a few places. The vocal part is distinguished by the repetition of motives, by repeated notes but also by short or extended coloratura. Presumably these movements were intended for use in teaching.Today these short movements of between 25 and 76 bars lend themselves well for use in church services.