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Book Title: Songs and Airs from the Great Oratorios for High Voice|
Date of issue: October 17th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780486419039
The author of the book: Georg Friedrich Händel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 851 KB
Edition: Dover Publications
Read full description of the books Songs and Airs from the Great Oratorios for High Voice:One of the 18th century's greatest composers, Handel achieved lasting fame in many musical genres. Regarded as the greatest opera composer of his time, the composer later devoted his attention almost exclusively to writing sacred music and is today renowned for his magnificent oratorios. This exceptional compilation includes 40 of his works for high voice and piano, selected from 25 of his masterpieces: Messiah, Judas Maccabæus, Samson, Acis and Galatea, Esther, Serse, Saul, and 18 others.
Among the much-loved songs and airs included here are "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted" and "I know that my Redeemer liveth" (Messiah); "From mighty kings" (Judas Maccabæus); "Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods" (Jephtha); "O come let us worship" (Chandos Anthems);
O sleep, why dost thou leave me" (Semele); and many others. This convenient, affordable collection also contains an introduction by noted musicologist Ebenezer Prout, offering valuable commentary about each selection.
Reproduced from an authoritative edition, these songs will be a welcomed addition to the libraries of singers, musicians, and music lovers.
Read information about the authorBorn the same year as Bach, Händel desired to study music against the wishes of his father. He became a violinist in the opera house of Hamburg, and then at twenty one travelled to Italy. On his return, he accepted the position of director of music to the Elector of Hanover, but soon left for England. A few years after his arrival, the Elector became king of England, securing Händel's position within the music sphere of the country.
He first composed operas for the Royal Academy of Music, which operated as a public opera house, however, when Italian opera lost its popularity, he turned to composing oratorios, the most famous being the "Messiah". Before his death, Händel went blind, but continued to play the harpsicord at his oratorio performances. He is buried next to Charles Dickens in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.
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