Handel 'And the Glory of the Lord'

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Handel 'And the Glory of the Lord'

Messiah 

Baroque 1600-1750

Handel 1685-1759 Germany

Composed 1741 first performed in Dublin 1742

Oratorio religious story told through words, solo voice, chorus, orchestra

First chorus in Messiah 'And the Glory of the Lord'

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Motif 1

Altos bar 11       syllabic

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Motif 2

Tenors bar 17   melismatic    descending sequence 

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Motif 3

Altos bar 43  melismatic   short descending sequence 

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Motif 4

Tenors and basses bar 51   syllabic   long notes, solemn

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Texture

Homophonic e.g bars 14-17

Contrapuntal e.g bars 17-33

Monophonic bars 108-109

Imitation bar 17 'shall be revealed' 

Varying number of parts

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Word setting + structure

Syllabic motifs 1 + 4

Melismatic motifs 2 + 3

Phrases repeated, words clear

Four motifs

Ritornello at start

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Rhythm, metre, tempo + harmony

3/4 dance like

Allegro 3 bars adagio after general pause

Hemiolas bars 9-10

Diatonic harmony

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Tonality

A major

modulates to dominant (E major) and supertonic (B major)

Plagal cadence at end 

in tonic IV-I  (bar 136-138)

Perfect cadences throughout

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