Handel "And the Glory of the Lord"

G.F. Handel Chorus "And the Glory of the Lord" from the oratoria Messiah 

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The Baroque Era

1600 - 1750

Emphasis on an ornamented and 'decorative' melody line.

Composers include Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Purcell.

Fearures include:

  • ornamented melodic parts
  • major/minor key system replacing old systme of modes
  • diatonic ('of the key') chords I, IV, V, II and VI
  • 'basso continuo'. A keyboard instrument playing a chordal support of the bass line.
  • different textures such as monophonic, homophonic and polyphonic
  • the Baroque orchestra with new string instruments and a harpsichord playing harmonies. Trumpets, horns and timpani drums were used.
  • one 'affection' or mood
  • contrasting dynamics on two levels - loud and soft (terrassed dynamics)
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It is an oratorio which is a musical work based on text from the Bible. 

The libretto is the words/text of an opera or an oratorio.

The libretto of Handel's Messiah is in three parts:

  • Part 1 - prophecies foretelling the coming of the Lord (Old and his birth)
  • Part 2 - passion music of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus (Old)
  • Part 3 - Jesus' resurrection from the dead
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