Handel - And the Glory of the Lord

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Handel ­ And the Glory of the Lord
Words
There are four lines which are sung, they are:
"And the glory of the Lord"
"Shall be revealed"
"And all flesh shall see it together"
"For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it"
Vocals
This piece of music is written for a SATB choir. This stands for Soprano, Alto,
Tenor and Bass. These are just the different types of voices used. Soprano is the
highest signing female voice, Alto is the lowest female signing voice, Tenor is the
highest natural male singing voice and Bass is the lowest male singing voice.
Instruments
These are the instruments that are used in this piece:
Oboes
Violins
Cellos
Double Bass
Bassoons
Trumpets
Basso Continuo (continuous bass line playing throughout)
Harpsichord
Dynamics (changes in volume)
These are the different types of dynamics used:
Forte (loud) ­ makes it feel happy and joyful
Piano (Quiet)
mf (fairly loud)
mp (fairly quiet)
Important words are sung louder e.g. LORD.
Structure
The structure is made up of 4 main musical ideas which are called motifs. They
are introduced simply and then all eventually weave into the rest of the music.
1st Motif ­ introduced by altos; most of the phrase is mono-syllabic (each
syllable has its own note)
2nd Motif ­ introduced by tenors; "be revealed" is melismatic (each syllable is
spread over many notes ­ opposite of mono-syllabic)

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Motif ­ first sung by altos; same bit of melody repeated three times
4th Motif ­ introduced by tenors and bass, they are in unison for first 5 bars and
then in harmony for last 2; most of the motif is on the note A ­ this is a pedal
point/note (a held on note); long notes are used so it sounds really serious; this
is the only motif introduced by 2 parts (tenors & bass)
Texture
Mainly homophonic ­ this is where the tune…read more

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