Messiah, HWV 56 (Handel, George Frideric)

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Chorus: Hallelujah (Part II)

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1741
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Editor Friedrich Chrysander (1826–1901)
Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1741
Reprinted Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 45a
Leipzig: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1892. Plate H.W. 45a.
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Publisher. Info. London: Preston, n.d.
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Misc. Notes Messiah: An Oratorio. In Score As it was Originally Perform'd. Composed by Mr. Handel; To which are added His additional alterations.
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Publisher. Info. Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, Serie I: Oratorien und große Kantaten,
Band 17: The Messiah

Kassel: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1965. Plate BA 4012.
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Publisher. Info. Palo Alto: Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, 2003.
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Arranger Kurt Soldan (1891–1946), continuo realization
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.(ca.1920).
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Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1770).
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Overture: Sinfony (No.1)

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Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897), piano reduction
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Arranger Friedrich Chrysander (1826–1901), piano reduction
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Publisher. Info. London: J. Bland, n.d. (1785)
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Editor Ebenezer Prout (1835-1909)
Publisher. Info. Songs and Airs by George Frideric Handel, Volume I: For High Voice. (pp.94-116)
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Publisher. Info. Songs and Airs by George Frideric Handel, Volume II: For Low Voice. (pp.105-115)
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Arranger Friedrich Chrysander (1826–1901), piano reduction
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Chorus: And the Glory of the Lord (Part I, No.4)

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Work Title Messiah
Alternative. Title
Composer Handel, George Frideric
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. HWV 56
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 Parts
Part I
  • Scene 1: Isaiah's Prophecy of Salvation
1. Sinfony (instrumental)
2. Comfort ye my people (tenor)
3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)
4. And the glory of the Lord (chorus)
  • Scene 2: The Coming Judgment
5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (bass)
6. But who may abide the day of His coming (alto or bass)
7. And he shall purify the sons of Levi (chorus)
  • Scene 3: The Prophecy of Christ's Birth
8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto and chorus)
10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
11. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (bass)
12. For unto us a child is born (chorus)
  • Scene 4: The Annunciation to the Shepherds
13. Pifa ("pastoral symphony": instrumental)
14a. There were shepherds abiding in the fields (soprano)
14b. And lo, the angel of the Lord (soprano)
15. And the angel said unto them (soprano)
16. And suddenly there was with the angel (soprano)
17. Glory to God in the highest (chorus)
  • Scene 5: Christ's Healing and Redemption
18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)
19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (soprano)
20. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (alto and soprano)
21. His yoke is easy (chorus)
Part II
  • Scene 1: Christ's Passion
22. Behold the Lamb of God (chorus)
23. He was despised and rejected of men (alto)
24. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (chorus)
25. And with his stripes we are healed (chorus)
26. All we like sheep have gone astray (chorus)
27. All they that see him laugh him to scorn (tenor)
28. He trusted in God that he would deliver him (chorus)
29. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (tenor or soprano)
30. Behold and see if there be any sorrow (tenor or soprano)
  • Scene 2: Christ's Death and Resurrection
31. He was cut off (tenor or soprano)
32. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (tenor or soprano)
  • Scene 3: Christ's Ascension
33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates (chorus)
  • Scene 4: Christ's Reception in Heaven
34. Unto which of the angels (tenor)
35. Let all the angels of God worship Him (chorus)
  • Scene 5: The Beginnings of Gospel Preaching
36. Thou art gone up on high (soprano)
37. The Lord gave the word (chorus)
38. How beautiful are the feet (soprano)
39. Their sound is gone out (chorus)
  • Scene 6: The World's Rejection of the Gospel
40. Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)
41. Let us break their bonds asunder (chorus)
42. He that dwelleth in heaven (tenor)
  • Scene 7: God's Ultimate Victory
43. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (tenor)
44. Hallelujah (chorus)
Part III
  • Scene 1: The Promise of Eternal Life
45. I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano)
46. Since by man came death (chorus)
  • Scene 2: The Day of Judgment
47. Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)
48. The trumpet shall sound (bass)
  • Scene 3: The Final Conquest of Sin
49. Then shall be brought to pass (alto)
50. O death, where is thy sting (alto and tenor)
51. But thanks be to God (chorus)
52. If God be for us, who can be against us (soprano)
  • Scene 4: The Acclamation of the Messiah
53. Worthy is the Lamb (chorus)
Amen (chorus)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1741-09-14 (end date)
First Performance. 1742-04-13 in Dublin. New Music Hall, Fishamble Street
Librettist Charles Jennens (1700-1773)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Voices: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 2 (or 4) oboes, [bassoon], 2 (or 4) trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo (harpsichord and/or organ)
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