And The Glory Of The Lord- Handel

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General Points:

- Composed by George Frederic Handel.
- Handel died in 1759 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. 
- It is the first chorus for voices and orchestral accompaniment from the oratorio 'Messiah'. 
- Handel wrote Messiah in only 24 days.
The liberetto(lyrics) is taken from the bible and tells the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. 
- ATGOTL was first performed in Dublin.
- Composed in 1741, the Baroque Period (1600 -1750)

Features Of The Baraoque Period:

Ornamented melodic parts.
- Major/Minor key structures.
Continuo played by the harpsichord and cello to 'fill in harmonies'.
Homophonic/polyphonic textures.
- Baroque Orchestra includes: Violin family, harpsichord, trumpets, horns and timpani. 
- One affection is set and maintained throughout the whole piece.
Terraced Dynamics.

Basic Knowledge:

-Plagal Cadence( IV-I) at the end of piece

-Happy and Joyful Mood


The work is made up of the following 4 motifs:
Motif 1: 'And The Glory Of The Lord...'
- First heard by the alto part 
- It's syllabic.
- The first 3 chords outline the A major chord (which is the main key of the work).
- Ends in the last 3 notes of the A major scale which defines the key.
- A


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