Messiah HWV 56 by George Frederick Händel

Messiah HWV 56 by George Frederick Händel

1742

Original score with variations and alternative versions: Handel's most famous work and one of the most popular pieces of western choral music

  1. George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) premiered his magnum opus in 1742 as part of a series of philanthropic concerts

  2. Handel came to Dublin at the invitation of William Cavendish (1698–1755), Duke of Devonshire and Governor of Ireland

  3. The original score includes variations and alternate versions, as well as an English translation

Messiah HWV 56 by George Frederick Händel

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Messiah HWV 56 by George Frederick Händel

George Frideric Handel was one of the most beloved composers of the 18th century and was active across Europe. His most famous work, the Messiah, is one of the most popular and iconic pieces of Christian music. It was an instant hit that was performed regularly throughout the rest of Handel’s life and is still a crowd-pleaser today.

Messiah HWV 56 by George Frederick Händel

One of the most popular and frequently performed works of Western choral music premiered on April 13th, 1742 in Dublin: the Messiah oratorio by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). A newspaper wrote a few days later that it united "the Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender", the sublime, the grand and the tender. This is Handel’s most famous work, distinguished by its monumental tonality, universal character, concreteness of its statement, and universally captivating nature. Handel availed himself of various musical devices ranging from cantatas and anthems to opera and instrumental music in creating his magnum opus. Handel came to Ireland at the invitation of William Cavendish (1698–1755), Duke of Devonshire and Governor of Ireland, to put on philanthropic concerts to raise funds for local hospitals. The Messiah debuted in London in 1743, where it would be performed 56 times before his death nearly 16 years later. Here we have the original score from the famous composer’s hand, which includes variations and alternate versions, as well as an English translation.

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Messiah HWV 56 von Georg Frederick Händel
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Available facsimile editions:
Messiah HWV 56 by George Frederick Händel  – British Library (London, United Kingdom)
Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2009
Facsimile Editions

#1 Messiah (Messias) HWV 56

Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2009

Publisher: Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2009
Commentary: 1 volume by Donald Burrows
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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