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Handel's Messiah : origins, composition, sources

Author: Jens Peter Larsen
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Named Person: George Frideric Handel; George Frideric Handel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jens Peter Larsen
ISBN: 031324426X 9780313244261
OCLC Number: 17842442
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : W.W. Norton, 1972. (The Norton library ; N657).
Description: 337 pages : facsimiles, music ; 23 cm
Contents: The development of Handelian oratorio. Various types of oratorio ; Italian versus English text, the soloist problem, the da capo aria ; The choruses 1 (St. John's Passion to Athalia) ; The choruses 2 (Alexander's feast to Samson) ; The choruses 3 (Semele to Jephtha) --
Messiah survived. Introduction : the Messiah text ; First part, overture to "For unto us a child is born" ; First part, pastoral symphony to "His yoke is easy" ; Second part, "Behold the lamb of God" to "Let all the angels of God worship him" ; Second part, "Thou art gone up on high" to "Hallelujah" ; Third part --
Changing versions. Handel's oratorio soloists ; The Messiah material ; Changes in individual numbers ; Stages of development, sequence of mss. and printed editions, "definitive form --
The sources. The copyists ; Paper sizes and watermarks ; List of Handel manuscripts.
Responsibility: by Jens Peter Larsen.

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