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Messiah Overture

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. Johnson)


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General Info

Year: 1741 / 1966
Duration:
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

The opening Sinfony is composed in E minor for strings, and is Handel's first use in oratorio of the French overture form.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • West Virginia: III


Performances

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  • Maybrook (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Kevin Scott, conductor) – 11 December 2015


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