Messiah: The Solo Variants

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Chester Lee Alwes, Christina Lalog
R. Dean Publishing Company, 2009 - Music - 278 pages
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In this new companion to Handels classic Messiah, American music scholar and conductor Dr. Chester L. Alwes has created an essential resource for singers, teachers, conductors, and scholars who want to understand and make informed decisions about the oratorio and its performance. This simple, accessible book contains all of the recitatives and arias, along with every variant written and authorized by Handel and the rationale behind their potential use. The thoughtful commentary that accompanies the music also suggests a wide array of choices regarding ornamentation, style, phrasing, dynamics, and more, making it ideal for scholars and advanced singers.

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No 19 Then shall the eyes of the blind be opend 120
No 20 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd
No 23 He was despisedAria for Alto
No 27 All they that see Him laugh Him to scornAccompanied Recitative for Tenor or Soprano
No 30 Behold and see if there be any sorrowArioso for Tenor or Soprano
No 34 Unto which of the angels said He?Recitative for Tenor
No 38 How beautiful are the feet
No 39b Their sound is gone out into all landsAria for Tenor or Soprano
No 42 He that dwelleth in heavenRecitative for Tenor
Part Three
No 45 I know that my Redeemer livethAria for Soprano
No 49 Then shall be brought to passRecitative for Alto
No 52 If God is be for us who can be against us?

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