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Alexander's Feast

By George Frideric Handel

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Orchestra SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 recorders, 2 oboes, 3 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, 2 (3) violins, 2 violas, cello, basso continuo
Ode. Version of the first performance and version of 1751. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Felix Loy. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Handel. Innovative practice aids, Sacred vocal music, Oratorios. Vocal score. Composed 1736/1751. HWV 75. 128 pages. Duration 85 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 55.075/03. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.5507503).

Item Number: CA.5507503

ISBN 9790007170646. Text language: German/English.

For the magnificent opening of the oratorio season at the beginning of 1736 Handel presented a composition which, like hardly any of his other oratorios, gave him the opportunity to display his musical artistry: John Dryden's ode "Alexander's Feast or the Power of Music", published in 1696, demonstrates the power of music by the example of the ancient hero, Alexander the Great. From the impressive lament on the death of Darius, the King of Persia, to the boisterous "Praise of Bacchus" Handel avails himself of the entire breadth of the musical representation of the emotions and the possibilities for expression. In the text by Newburg Hamilton added at the end of work St. Cecilia elevates the events of the ancient heathen story, which Handel expressed in plastic, skillful polyphony. Later, this homage to the patron saint of church music, Handel also present the opportunity to perform the work on St. Cecilia's Day (22 November). For the first time the present new edition is based consistently on Handel's conducting score, which he used for his own performances of the oratorio, thus not only eliminating timeworn errors, but also offering clarity concerning the choruses, the arias and recitatives, actually performed in Handel's concerts, as well as their sequence of performance. The new Carus edition offers two performance versions: the version of the premiere in 1736, as well as a revised version from 1751. Furthermore, the inclusion of the Concerto for Harp HWV 294 (CV 55.294) is also possible; Handel composed this work especially for Alexander's Feast (as an illustration of Timotheus, the ancient poet who played the lyre). For this purpose the edition contains the appropriate alternatives for the sequence of the movements. Score available separately - see item CA.5507500.

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