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In what year was Messiah composed?
Messiah was composed in 1741.
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What is an Oratorio?
An Oratorio is a large-scale coposition for solo singers, choir and orchestra.
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What is the choir made up of?
The choir is made up of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.
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What is the choir accompanied by?
The choir is accompanied by strings and continuo (for cello and harpsichord or organ).
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What does the orchestra do to the vocal lines?
The orchestra often doubles the vocal lines.
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Is there a set form to the movement?
There is no set form to the movement. It is based on different combinations of four motifs.
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How does the work start?
The work starts with an orchestral introduction, called ritornello.
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