Occasional Suite, An

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. Eric Osterling)

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General Info

Year: 1746 / 1958
Duration: c. 8:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra and chorus
Publisher: LudwigMasters, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00

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1. Chorus [from Occasional Oratorio]
2. Aria [from Ronaldo]
3. March [from Occasional Oratorio]


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Program Notes

An Occasional Oratorio (HWV 62) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel, based upon a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton after the poetry of John Milton and Edmund Spenser. The work was written in the midst of the Jacobite rising of 1745–1746, the attempt to overthrow Handel's patrons the Hanoverian monarchy under George II and replace them with a Stuart restoration under Charles Edward Stuart, "Bonnie Prince Charlie".

The Occasional Oratorio is unique among Handel's works which he labelled "oratorio" in that it does not tell a story or contain elements of a drama, but was intended as a defiant and patriotic rallying piece. Handel composed the Occasional Oratorio hastily in January and February 1746, "borrowing" and re-arranging some movements from previous compositions, and premiered it immediately on 14 February 1746. It contains 44 movements split over three parts.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Arkansas: II
  • California: SCSBOA Band Music List Grade III
  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: III
  • Michigan: Junior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: III
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • Oregon: IIIA
  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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  • Handel, G.; Osterling, E. (1958). An Occasional Suite [score]. Ludwig Music Pub.: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Occasional Oratorio, Wikipedia Accessed 29 June 2021