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Alexanderfest KV 591

Cantata in two parts

By George Frideric Handel

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Solo voices, choir, orchestra (Soprano Voice Solo, 2 Tenor Voice Solo, Bass Voice Solo, Mixed choir:SSATTBB, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 Hn, 2 Trp, timpani, Str, Continuo) - Level 4
Cantata in two parts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Andreas Holschneider. Arranged by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This edition: complete edition, urtext edition. Linen. New Mozart Edition (Neue Mozart Ausgabe - NMA) Series X, Work Group 28, Volume 1, Nos. 1,3. In the arrangement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Score. K. 591. Duration 1 hour, 20 minutes. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04527-01. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04527-01).

Item Number: BA.BA04527-01

ISBN 9790006449828. 33 x 26 cm inches. Language: German. Translation: Ramler, Karl Wilhelm. John Dryden.

In 1736 Handel composed"Alexander's Feast"or"The Power of Musick", a two-part cantata based on John Dryden's poem of the same name.
In 1790, at the suggestion of Baron Gottfried van Swieten, Mozart arranged this work using a German translation of the poem made by Karl Wilhelm Ramler in 1770. As in other arrangements of Handelian works, Mozart's re-instrumentation leads to a change in the sound character of the work, placing the composition in the tradition of the Viennese Classic.

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