One of the 18th century's greatest composers, Handel achieved lasting fame in many musical genres. Regarded as the greatest opera composer of his time, the composer later devoted his attention almost exclusively to writing sacred music and is today renowned for his magnificent oratorios. This exceptional compilation includes 40 of his works for high voice and piano, selected from 25 of his masterpieces: "Messiah," "Judas Maccabaeus," "Samson," "Acis and Galatea," "Esther," "Serse," "Saul," and 18 others.
Among the much-loved songs and airs included here are "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted" and "I know that my Redeemer liveth" ("Messiah"); "From mighty kings" ("Judas Maccabaeus"); "Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods" ("Jephtha"); "O come let us worship" ("Chandos Anthems");
O sleep, why dost thou leave me" ("Semele"); and many others. This convenient, affordable collection also contains an introduction by noted musicologist Ebenezer Prout, offering valuable commentary about each selection.
Reproduced from an authoritative edition, these songs will be a welcomed addition to the libraries of singers, musicians, and music lovers.