And The Glory Of The Lord - Handel - Revision

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  • And the Glory of The Lord - Handel
    • Texture
      • Largely polyphonic with monophonic vocal entries at the beginnning
      • Imitative on 'shall be revealed' an sequences
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • Hemiolas - where the rhythm seems  to be in a different time signiture
      • Usually you can spot hemiolas when there are ties over the bar lines
      • 3/4 triple time
      • Regular on-beat movement from the bass keeps the rhythm moving
      • Dramatic use of rests at the end - 'hath spoken it'
    • Tonality and Harmony
      • A major
      • Perfect cadences and a plagal cadence at the end
      • Notes and chords are from the prevailing key
      • Modulation to E major and B major etc. in the middle
      • Diatonic harmonies
    • Structure
      • Based on Italian opera forms - recitative,  aria, chorus and overture/interlude
      • Biblical plot
      • From and Oratorio - The Messiah, ostinatos used frequently
    • Melody
      • 4 main contrasting musical motifs - 'And the Glory', 'Shall be Revealed', And All Flesh' and 'For the Mouth'
      • Pedals used - tonic, dominant and inverted used.
    • Instrumentation
      • Basso continuo - harpsichord (or organ) and cello
      • Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Oboe, Bassoon and Trumpet
      • SATB choir sing mostly syllabic
    • Baroque - first concert - 1742


Samuel Richardson


This is a very nice overview on Handel's 'And the Glory of the Lord', with some points on each aspect of music included. Use this is conjuction with some notes on the context of music and definitions of key terms. 

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