"And the Glory of the Lord" from "Messiah"

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  • "And the glory of the lord" from "Messiah"
    • Time signiture
      • 3/4
    • Tonality
      • performed in A major
      • Pitch
        • vocal range
    • Rhythm
      • "driving" regular on-beat crotchet rhythms.
        • matches "stately" mood use of HEMIOLA
          • notes grouped in 2-beat units.
      • 3/4
      • Tempo
        • Allegro-lively fast to match joyous mood.
    • Harmony
      • clear major
        • minors are avoided to match joyful words.
      • uses PERFECT CADENCES (V-I)
        • during a PLAGAL CADENCE (VI-I) ending the chorus
    • Texture
      • Alternating between HOMOPHONIC and POLYPHONIC secrions
      • chorus ends with a CHORDAL HOMOPHONIC coda
    • Musical Features
      • IMITATION & SEQUENCE-SYLLABIC word setting-one word per note.
      • MELISMATIC word setting-one words spread over many notes
    • Instrumentation
      • voices
        • ALTO
        • SOPRANO
        • TENOR
      • instruments used
        • stringed
          • VIOLAS
          • VIOLINS
          • CELLOS
        • HARPSICHORD OR ORGAN- because it's religious
        • TRUMPETS
        • TIMPANI
        • Handel went on to add parts for OBOES and BASSOONA
    • Melody
      • Based on 4 contrasting ideas

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