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Messiah, HWV 56

Oratorio in 3 parts

By George Frideric Handel

Solo soprano voice/2 solo alto voices/solo tenor voice/solo bass voice/SSATB choir/piano (Soprano Voice Solo, 2 Alto Voice Solo, Tenor Voice Solo, Bass Voice Solo, Mixed choir: SSATB, 2 Ob, bassoon, 2 Trp, timpani, Str, Continuo) - Level 4
Oratorio in 3 parts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by John Tobin. Arranged by Max Schneider. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vocal score. HWV 56. 345 pages. Duration 3 hours. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04012-73. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04012-73).

Item Number: BA.BA04012-73

ISBN 9790006442843. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: English, Text Language: English. Charles Jennens.

Messiahoccupies a unique position in Handel's work. Its strongly universal character and directness of expression, which appeal to men of all creeds, make it the most renowned work in the whole of the composer's monumental output.

Passion, cantata, opera, instrumental music - that is, all the important musical genres of the time - these formed the basis of Handel's new art-form, which developed with ever increasing impetus from the end of 1738 onwards and found a particularly complex realization inMessiah.

It is often been said that Handel composedMessiahfor his visit in Ireland, wither he had been onvited by the Lord Lieutenant, William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, to perform his music for the benefit of charity. The first performance took place on 13 April 1742 in Neale's Music Hall, Dublin. After Handel's return from IrelandMessiahreceived fifty-six performances in England during his lifetime.


What makes the revised vocal score so special?

- The vocal score has been newly engraved with a generous layout.
- The pagination has been adopted from the previous edition. This means that you can rehearse and perform this work with some singers using this new edition and some the old Barenreiter edition.
- This new vocal score includes a revised piano reduction: The old Schneider piano reduction has been maintained, but corrected and uncluttered; on the whole the new piano reduction is easier to read and to play.
- The vocal score is fully compatible with all existing performance material (BA04012).
- The text appears in a slightly larger type size.
- Apart from corrections the musical text remains unchanged.

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  • February 13, 2017 "Premium" Edition of Handel's Messiah

    I have sung from several editions of The Messiah and this is probably the best one IMHO in terms of clarity of score and text and editorial basis. It also helps that the binding and pages fall nicely when holding the copy. There is no need to "work in" the...

    binding in order to have the pages lie flat. The only small con is that this is probably the heaviest choral edition I have held; however, I'm willing to live with that because of the aforementioned pros.

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