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A sacred oratorio

By George Frideric Handel

Vocal Score, Paperback Choral (Vocal Score) - Difficulty: medium
A sacred oratorio. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Watkins Shaw. Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral, Christmas and Easter. Vocal score (paperback). With choral notation and piano reduction. 257 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV070137. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14021327).

Item Number: HL.14021327

ISBN 9780853602118. 7.5x11 inches.

The world-famous Novello choral edition of Handel's beautiful masterpiece. Arranged for SATB with piano part. Edited with piano reduction by Watkins Shaw.

  • Part One 
  • Sinfonia (Overture) 
  • Comfort Ye My People  Recitative
  • Ev'ry valley shall be exalted  Air
  • And the Glory of the Lord  Chorus
  • Thus saith the Lord  Recitative
  • But who may abide the day of his coming? (Version I)  Air for Alto
  • But who may abide the day of his coming (Version II)  Transposed for Soprano
  • And he shall purify  Chorus
  • Behold, a virgin shall conceive  Recitative
  • O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion  Air and Chorus
  • For behold, darkness shall cover the earth  Recitative
  • The people that walked in darkness  Air
  • For Unto Us a Child is Born  Chorus
  • Pifa ('Pastoral Symphony') 
  • There were shepherds abiding in the field  Recitative
  • And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them  Recitative
  • And the angel said until them  Recitative
  • And suddenly there was with the angel  Recitative
  • Glory To God  Chorus
  • Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Version I)  Air (4/4)
  • Then shall the eyes of the blind  Recitative
  • He shall feed his flock (Version I)  Air for Soprano
  • He shall feed his flock (Version II)  Transposed for Alto and Soprano
  • His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light  Chorus

  • Part Two 
  • Behold the Lamb of God  Chorus
  • He Was Despised  Air
  • Surely he hath borne our griefs  Chorus
  • And with his stripes we are healed  Chorus
  • All we like sheep have gone astray  Chorus
  • All they that see him laugh him to scorn  Recitative
  • He trusted in God  Chorus
  • Thy rebuke hath broken his heart  Recitative
  • Behold, and see if there be any sorrow  Air
  • He was cut off out of the land of the living  Recitative
  • But thou didst not leave his soul in hell  Air
  • Lift up your heads, O ye gates  Chorus
  • Unto which of the angelsl said he at any time  Recitative
  • Let all the angels of God worship him  Chorus
  • Thou art gone up on high (Version I)  Air for Alto
  • Thou art gone up on high (Version II)  Transposed for Soprano
  • The Lord gave the word  Chorus
  • How beautiful are the feet (Version I)  Air
  • Their sound is gone out (Version I)  Chorus
  • Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Version I)  Air
  • Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Version II)  Air and Recitative
  • Let us break their bonds asunder  Chorus
  • He that dwelleth in heaven  Recitative
  • Thou shalt break them  Air
  • Hallelujah  Chorus

  • Part Three 
  • I Know That My Redeemer Liveth  Air
  • Since by man came death  Chorus
  • Behold, I tell you a mystery  Recitative
  • The Trumpet Shall Sound  Air
  • Then shall be brought to pass  Recitative
  • O death, where is thy sting?  Duet, Alto and Tenor
  • But thanks be to God  Chorus
  • If God be for us (Version I)  Air for Soprano
  • If God be for us (Version II)  Transposed for Alto
  • Worthy is the lamb that was slain  Chorus

  • Appendix 
  • Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Version II)  Air (12/8)
  • Thou art gone up on high (Version III)  Air for Bass
  • How beautiful are the feet (Version II)  Air for Alto
  • How beautiful are the feet...Break forth into joy  Duet and Chorus
  • Their sound is gone out (Version II)  Air

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    never knew from one performance to the next exactly who would show up. The larger size of the pages makes it even more useful and accessible. It's good to have it back! (Shuffles off to work on the ALTO variation of "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming" and the 12/8 version of "Rejoice Greatly"....)

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    I was quite overwhelmed by the size of this piece of music when I received it. With some 200 plus pages be prepared for a little work. Not neccessarily difficult to learn but will need a liitle attention to detail; a brilliant piece of work to be proud of, highy...


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