Music GCSE - Handel: 'And the Glory of the Lord'

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Handel: ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from Messiah


            This piece was written by Handel in 1742 in the Baroque period and is part of the oratorio Messiah

            The piece starts in E major, but modulates to the dominant, B major, and the super tonic, A major, during the piece. The piece has a diatonic harmony. The sopranos carry the main vocal line usually and the other parts then harmonise around it.

            In this piece there is the vocal section with sopranos, altos, tenors and bases, a woodwind section with flutes, piccolos, oboes and bassoons, a string section with violins, violas, cellos and either the chamber organ or harpsichord. There is a continuo in the cello and the chamber organ/ harpsichord. The piece alternates between homophonic and contrapuntal/ polyphonic, although there is, after a general pause, a monophonic section.

            ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ starts with a ritornello,


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