Handel

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Texture
Varied; homophonic intro, monophonic after altos join, polyphonic, homophonic ending
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Structure
four main motifs
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harmony
diatonic harmony, plagal cadences, perfect cadences, peddle notes, violins double up,
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tonality
Amajor
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Instrumentation
chorus-SATB singers, Violins, viola, basso continuo
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rhythm
dotted, on beat, variety of note lengths,
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tempo
allegro, adagio-last four bars
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Melody/text setting
word painting, syllabic, mellismatic,
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pitch
baroque pitch
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Dynamics
terraced, basso continuo quieter than melodic parts, vocals-forte and mf
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Where was Handel born?
Germany, 1685
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When was Messiah written?
1741
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what is the first motif, describe it?
'And the glory of the Lord' - sung by the altos first, syllabic
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what is the second motif, describe it?
'shall be revealed' - sung by the altos first, melismatic, descending sequence
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what is the third motif, describe it?
'and all flesh shall see it together' - sung by altos first
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What is the fourth motif, describe it?
'for the mouth of the lord hath spoken it' - introduced by basses and tenors, unison then harmony
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What is the time signature
3/4
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What makes the piece lively?
Upbeat tempo, major key
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Structure

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four main motifs

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harmony

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tonality

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Instrumentation

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