String orchestra - Level 1.5
Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Arranged by Soon Hee Newbold. Beginning Strings. FJH Beginning Strings. Score and set of parts. Duration 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.ST6195).
Item Number: FJ.ST6195
End your concert with a bang and start the yearly music tradition with your youngest musicians! Listeners will be amazed by the authenticity of this arrangement, which is able to capture so much of the original that one will hardly notice the difference.
Messiah is one of Handel's most beloved and famous works. Written in three acts, the libretto, designed by Charles Jennens, comes from the Old and New Testaments and tells the story of Jesus Christ. Handel wrote the work in under a month with the first premiere in the spring of 1742. The frequently performed and popular movement is the Hallelujah Chorus which concludes the second part. There is a legend that King George II was so inspired by the music that he stood to his feet. Whether the story is true or not, tradition still has people standing during the Hallelujah Chorus. Messiah is not originally intended as a Christmas work and earlier performances likely happened more during Lent and Easter. The many arrangements and versions, even by Handel, including one by Mozart, make it impossible to establish an authentic original; however, the work is still heavily performed every year, particularly around the holidays.
About FJH Beginning Strings
Appropriate for first year string students. All instruments stay in first position, and optional third violin (viola) parts and piano are included to aid in rehearsal and performance situations. Grade 1 - 1.5