Esther, HWV 50b (Handel, George Frideric)

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Publisher. Info. Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 41
Leipzig: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1882. Plate H.W. 41.
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Publisher. Info. Songs and Airs by George Frideric Handel, Volume I: For High Voice.
Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, 1905. Plate ML-1082-6.
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Publisher. Info. Songs and Airs by George Frideric Handel, Volume II: For Low Voice.
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Work Title Esther
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Composer Handel, George Frideric
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. HWV 50b
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 parts (acts)
  • Part I
1. Overture
2. Recitative: 'Tis nobler far (tenor, bass)
3. Aria: Pluck root and branch (bass)
4. Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow (tenor)
5. Chorus: Shall we the God of Israel fear? (Persians)
6. Recitative: Now persecution (tenor)
7. Aria: Tune your harps (tenor)
8. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain
9. Aria: Praise the Lord (soprano)
10. Recitative: O God, who from the suckling's mouth (tenor)
11. Aria: Sing sons of praise (tenor)
12. Recitative: How have our sins (alto)
13. Recitative: Methings I hear (alto)
14. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel, mourn
15. Aria: O Jordan, sacred tide (alto)
  • Part II
16. Recitative: Why sits that sorrow? (soprano, tenor)
17. Aria: Dread not, righteous Queen (tenor)
18. Recitative: I go before the King (soprano)
19. Aria: Tears, assist me (soprano)
20. Chorus: Save us, O Lord
21. Recitative: Who dares intrude (tenor, soprano)
22. Duet: Who calls my parting soul (soprano, tenor)
23. Aria: O beauteous Queen (tenor)
24. Recitative: If I find favor (soprano)
25. Aria: How can I stay (tenor)
26. Recitative: With inward joy (2 tenors)
27. Chorus: Virtue, truth, and innocence
  • Part III
28. Invocation: Jehovah crowned (alto)
29. Chorus: He comes to end our woes
30. Recitative: Now, O Queen (soprano, tenor)
31. Recitative: Turn not, O Queen (bass)
32. Aria: Flattering tongue, no more I hear thee
33. Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor (tenor)
34. Aria: How art thou fall'n (bass)
35. Chorus with Soloists: The Lord our enemy has slain
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1732
First Performance. 1732-05-02 in London: King's Theatre in the Haymarket
Esther: Anna Maria Strada del Pò (soprano)
Ahaseurus: Francesco Bernardi, called "Senesino" (alto-castrato)
Harbonah & Mordecai: Francesca Bertolli (contralto)
Haman: Antonio Montagnana (bass)
Israelite Woman: Ann Turner Robinson (soprano)
First Israelite: Mrs. Davis (soprano)
Chorus: sung by the Chapel Royal
Librettist (?) Alexander Pope (1688−1744) and (?) Dr. John Arbuthnot (1667−1735), after Jean Racine (1639−1699)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Vocal soloists (soprano, alto, 2 tenors, bass), Chorus, Orchestra
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