Handel - And the Glory of the Lord (Messiah)

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  • Handel - And the Glory of the Lord (Messiah)
    • Context
      • George Frideric Handel - Germany 1685 and moved to England in 1710
      • From 'Messiah'; 1741 - took 3 weeks but used old melodies
      • Words all from the Bible
      • Mozart made an arrangement with added instruments
      • 3 Sections; Prophecy, Persecution and Crucifixion and Resurrection
        • Fourth piece in the first section & First chorus
    • Instrumentation
      • SATB Choir
        • Soprano
        • Alto
        • Tenor
        • Bass
      • Baroque Orchestra - Strings & Continuo
        • Violin
          • First & Second
        • Viola
        • Cello
        • Double Bass, Harpsichord or Organ
    • Texture
      • Contrasts between homophonic and polyphonic
      • Imitation
      • Ending is homophonic and homorhythmic
    • Harmony
      • Fully Diatonic
      • Produced through imitation
      • Homophonic - doubling in orchestra
      • A Major with modulation to E (V) and B (V of V)
    • Expression
      • One main mood or 'affection'
      • Joyful; Celebrating, Praising and Glorifying God
      • Reinforced by...
        • Joyful; Celebrating, Praising and Glorifying God
        • Major Key
        • High Tempo
        • High Tempo
        • Dynamics - Terraced
        • Range of cadences - Imperfect, Perfect, Plagal
    • Structure
      • No 'formal' structure
      • Orchestral Introduction
      • Based on the four motifs
    • Rhythm
      • First 3 motifs use only quavers, crotchets and dotted crotchets
      • Fourth motif uses longer notes - definition
      • Melismatic & Syllabic contrast
      • Hemiolas towards cadences
    • Melody
      • Four main ideas
        • Introduced by different voices
        • Imitation
        • Melismatic & Syllabic
      • Use of falling phrases and upward leaps
      • Repetition
      • Long & Short not contrast

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