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    Default Lesser known Handel choruses

    We all know the Hallelujah choruses. But ouside the world of Messiah and maybe Zadok the Priest, what is your favourite Handel chorus?

    I have a few one (let say my top 5)

    -"Serve the Lord with greatness" - Utrecht Jubilate
    -"Sing Ye To The Lord" - Israel in Egypt
    -"He gave them hailstones for rain" - Israel in Egypt
    -"Tu es Sacerdos" - Dixit Dominus
    -"Praise the Lord with harp and tongue" - Solomon

    And surely a lot more.
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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    Although I'm not the biggest Handel fan, I've always liked the "Envy, Eldest Born of Hell" chorus from Saul, which also includes the wonderful and fairly famous "Dead March".
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    It's a good one indeed. Good rhythm.
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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    The fugal part of the closing chorus from Dixit Dominus is awesome.

    "Et in saecula saeculorum, amen".

    Actually, the whole Gloria Patri is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morigan View Post
    The fugal part of the closing chorus from Dixit Dominus is awesome.

    "Et in saecula saeculorum, amen".

    Actually, the whole Gloria Patri is great.
    I agree too.
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handel View Post
    We all know the Hallelujah choruses. But ouside the world of Messiah and maybe Zadok the Priest, what is your favourite Handel chorus?

    I have a few one (let say my top 5)


    -"He gave them hailstones for rain" - Israel in Egypt

    -"Praise the Lord with harp and tongue" - Solomon

    And surely a lot more.
    I've always loved these. I don't listen often, but after I do not hear it for a while, I listen to it and it opens up so many different dimentions, for me, it's always like listening anew. You must be in a certain frame of mind for Handel..

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    I'm currently listening to Handel's oratorios (Samson, Joshua, etc)

    I love the choruses, particularly from the Samson's "Her faith and truth".

    But i like the aria "Oh Had I Jubal's Lyre" from the Joshua the most.

    By the way, I'm going to accompany the Messiah' Hallelujah chorus for the Easter mass and the thing is that I only play the piano and need to rush up learning the pedal in one month...
    Last edited by fox_druid; Feb-21-2008 at 13:47.

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    Thought you all might like to know about a place I've been geting music from for some time at www.themusiclibrary.com
    It's got a really good search engine and seems like thousands of choral works.

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    I was led into GFH by the scruff of my neck many years ago, I thank the person that that opened my ears to such wonderful music, I cant think of a work that I don't like

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    I always liked the opening of the Dettingen Te Deum, "We praise Thee, O God." It's very typical Handel but a little bit like some courtly celebratory music. Okay - it's not lesser known, but I don't know the lesser lesser known.

    I shied away from listening to The Messiaah for a long time after being subjected to too many "We Like Sheep" jokes.

    Handel is one of the few composers who to my ears makes interesting recitatives (? - Hey, what's the plural of recitative?). I don't know - they seem to be an integral part of whatever chorus or aria follows. More so than with other composers.

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    last September I had the joy of singing tenor in the chorus of Handel's Athalia with Robert Howell's Handel Consort and Quire in Auckland at Pitt St Methodist Church ..The performance was recorded and I could upload a chorus or 2 if any one wants to hear it .I absolutely loved it and will be also in Dixit Dominus with the same group in October this year .

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    Hi bongos I for one would love to hear it

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    this track is CHEER HER, O BAAL ,WITH A SOFT SERENE from HANDEL's ATHALIA
    performed by HANDEL CONSORT and QUIRE .,AUCKLAND........ OCT 2008
    Last edited by bongos; Jun-13-2009 at 03:35.

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    did you have a listen ,Andante?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bongos View Post
    did you have a listen ,Andante?
    Just a quick one, I have d/l and saved, thank you. I have to go out but will listen soon with more concentration

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