View Poll Results: Genius Handel Or Genius Mozart, which one?

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  • I prefer Handel's original

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  • I prefer Mozart's arrangement

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  • I like the pure and simple answer: I like both

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Thread: Genius Handel Or Genius Mozart

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    Default Genius Handel Or Genius Mozart

    ... the original work was composed in 1718 by Handel. Seventy years later in 1788, the conservative albeit well cultured Baron van Swieten (Imperial Librarian, and the overall good guy in the movie Amadeus) commissioned Wolfgang to update the piece by Handel. If you do not wish to listen to the entire work, then perhaps listen to the overture and first choral movements. I think it is vastly illuminating to listen to both. It clearly shows Mozart's preference for clarinets, horns etc. and the handling of the harmony when the text was translated from English (Handel's score) to German (van Swieten's audience). Both genuis' work - Handel and Mozart - are most apparent when two giants work on the same harmonies.

    (I am aware even Mendelssohn also arranged the original by Handel. )

    Original by Handel



    Arrangement by Mozart


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    Pure and simple option I chose. Mozart's arrangement is quite something too.

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    And the other thing to notice is Mozart used a Handel's concerto grossi opus 6 to open the second part of his arrangement.

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    I like the pure and simple answer: I like both

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    I'm looking forward to the "Genius Handel or Genius Schoenberg" thread.




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    Yes, that's a good arrangement by Schoenberg but I do far prefer Handel's original in this case.

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    I'm with Mendelssohn.

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    With great astonishment I find I like the Mozart version as well as the Handel version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    With great astonishment I find I like the Mozart version as well as the Handel version.
    I am pleased to have posted these works to "astonish" you!

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