As Parts the Hart, HWV 251 (Handel, George Frideric)

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First version, HWV 251a (1713)

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Publisher. Info. Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 36. Psalms III (pp.233-47)
Leipzig: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1871. Plate H.W. 34.
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Second version, HWV 251b (1718)

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Publisher. Info. Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 34. Psalms I (pp.207-38)
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Third version, HWV 251c (1722)

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Publisher. Info. Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 34. Psalms I (pp.239-76)
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Fourth version, HWV 251d (1722)

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General Information

Work Title As Parts the Hart
Alternative. Title Chandos Anthem No.6 (HWV 251b)
Composer Handel, George Frideric
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. HWV 251*
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 or 6
  • First version, HWV 251a (1713)
  1. Soli and Chorus: As pants the hart (Tempo ordinario, D minor, 52 bars)
  2. Solo and Quartet: Tears are my daily food (Larghetto, A minor, 44 bars)
  3. Recitative (tenor): Now when I think thereupon (C major, 10 bars)
  4. Chorus: In the voice of praise and thanksgiving (Allegro, F major 44 bars)
  5. Duet (alto, tenor): Why so full of grief, O my soul (Larghetto, D minor, 86 bars)
  6. Solo and Chorus: Put thy trust in God (Allegro ma non troppo, A major, 45 bars)
  • Second version, HWV 251b (1718)
  1. Sonata (no tempo, D minor, 52 bars)
  2. Trio (soprano, tenor, bass) and Chorus: As pants the hart
    (Largo, D minor, 56 bars)
  3. Solo (alto): Tears are my daily food (Larghetto, A minor, 66 bars)
  4. Recitative (bass): Now when I think thereupon (Largo, D minor, 6 bars)
  5. Chorus: For I went with the multitude in the voice of praise and thanksgiving
    (D minor, 66 bars)
  6. Duet (alto, tenor): Why so full of grief, O my soul (Larghetto, D minor, 99 bars)
  7. Solo and Chorus: Put thy trust in God (Andante, D minor, 173 bars)
  • Third version, HWV 251c (1722)
  1. Sonata (no tempo-Allegro, E minor, 63+41 bars)
  2. Soli and Chorus: As pants the hart (Adagio, E minor, 52 bars)
  3. Solo (soprano): Tears are my daily food (Un poco adagio, A minor, 95 bars)
  4. Solo (tenor): Now when I think thereupon (Andante, E minor, 23 bars)
  5. Chorus: In the voice of praise and thanksgiving (E minor, 44 bars)
  6. Duet (soprano, tenor): Why so full of grief, O my soul (Larghetto, B minor, 138 bars)
  7. Solo and Chorus: Put thy trust in God (no tempo, E minor, 71 bars)
  • Fourth version, HWV 251d (1722)
  1. Soli and Chorus: As pants the hart (no tempo, D minor, 43 bars)
  2. Solo (alto): Tears are my daily food (Andante, A minor, 56 bars)
  3. Solo (alto): Now when I think thereupon (Adagio, A minor, 29 bars)
  4. Chorus: In the voice of praise and thanksgiving (no tempo, F major, 29 bars)
  5. Duet (soprano, alto): Why so full of grief, O my soul (Larghetto, G minor, 77 bars)
  6. Solo and Chorus: Put thy trust in God (no tempo, B-flat major, 43 bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1713, 1717-18, 1722, 1738
First Performance. 1718 in Cannons Park, St. Lawrence Whitchurch (HWV 251b)
Librettist Psalm 42
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
External Links Wikipeida article
Extra Information *The HWV catalogue assigns 5 letters to designate the different versions, which are all related but not identical by any means. HWV 251b is an expansion of 251a with orchestral accompaniment, and 251c (1722) is similarly an expanded orchestration of 251d. HWV 251e (1738) is largely based on 251c but has an extended sinfonia plus an added Alleluia at the end.