Handel Analysis

Analysis of everything abouot handel's "And the Glor yof the Lord" I made these last year for my gcse exams and found them really useful for the longer essay questions

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Handel ­ And the Glory of the Lord
There are not many changes in dynamics ­ it is mostly loud all the way
When dynamics do change they are terraced ­ this means there are no
Dynamics crescendos or diminuendos.
Time signature of 3/4 throughout.
Use of hemiola (the music feels like it's in two) changes the feel of the
Rhythm Longer note values used to highlight motif D.
Driving crotchet and quaver movement in keeping with joyful mood.
It is marked allegro ­ quick and lively.
It stays at this tempo until the last four bars, where it changes to adagio
This is a much slower speed, which makes the piece sound like it is about to
finish, and is more serious/important.
Handel was a German composer, born in 1685
He composed the oratorio `Messiah' in 1741
It only took him 24 days to write!
String intro
Motif A `And the glory of the Lord' (first introduced bars 11-14)
B `shall be revealed' (first introduced bars 17-20)
Structure C `and all flesh shall see it together' (first introduced bars 43-46)
D `for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it' (first introduced bars 51-57)
There are 4 motifs used throughout the whole piece.
Vocals are mostly syllabic, with a syllable per note.
Once the motifs have been introduced, the parts imitate and start to
overlap, sing in canon etc.
The strings sometimes double the melody.
Written for strings and SATB choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass)
Double basses play same as cellos but sound an octave lower.
The introduction is just the strings alone.
Instruments Some vocal parts accompanied only by continuo for example the first vocal
Alternates between homophonic and polyphonic textures, but is mostly
The end is homophonic, as well as when the motifs are first introduced.
Texture Handel often combines different motifs to create polyphonic textures.
Instruments often double vocal line although usually at different octaves.

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Handel ­ And the Glory of the Lord
It is major throughout.
Starts and ends in A major, modulates to E major twice (the dominant of A)
and B major once (the dominant of the dominant!)
There is a continuo in cello, bass and harpsichord.…read more


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