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The sources are drawn mostly from the Old Testament. The only true scene of the oratorio is taken from the Gospel of Luke , the annunciation to the shepherds. Occasionally verses from different biblical sources are combined in one movement, but more often a coherent text section is set in different consecutive movements, such as the first " scene ", the annunciation of Christian salvation , as a sequence of three movements, recitative , aria and chorus.
Music[ edit ] When Handel composed Messiah in London, he was already a successful and experienced composer of Italian operas.
He had started in to also compose sacred music on English texts, such as the Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate. He set many oratorios on English libretti.
In Messiah he used practically the same musical means as for those works, namely a structure based on chorus and solo singing. Only a few movements are a duet or a combination of solo and chorus. The solos are typically a combination of recitative and aria. The arias are called Air or Song, some of them have da capo form, but rarely in a strict sense, repeating a first section after a sometimes contrasting middle section.
Handel finds various ways to use the format freely, in order to convey the text. The movements marked "Recitative" Rec. Recitatives marked "Accompagnato" Acc.
Handel uses four voice parts in both solo and chorus, soprano S , alto A , tenor T and bass B. Only once is the chorus divided in an upper chorus and a lower chorus, it is SATB otherwise. The orchestra scoring is simple: oboes , strings and basso continuo of harpsichord , violoncello , violone and bassoon. Two trumpets and timpani highlight selected movements, such as the closing movements of Part II, Hallelujah.
Not counting some short recitatives as separate movements, there are therefore 47 movements. To emphasise the movements in which the oboes ob and the rarely used trumpets tr and timpani ti play, the summary below does not mention the regular basso continuo and the strings in movements.
Details on the development of keys , different tempo markings times within a movement are given in notes on the individual movements. Movements originally in Italian It are indicated in the Source column, however the exact origin is supplied in the notes on the movement.
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" Sheet Music
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth sheet music for choir (SATB: soprano, alto, tenor, bass)