Set work 1: ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from ‘Messiah’ – George Frideric Handel
An oratorio for solo voices, choir and orchestra 4th movement of ‘Messiah’ – the first chorus in the workTells the story of thebirth death andresurrection of Jesus First performed in Dublin in 1742
Structure:• Based on 4 motifs 1. ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ – first three notes outline A major triad. Syllabic word setting. 2. ‘Shall be revealed’ – Descending sequences. Melismatic word setting. 3. ‘And all flesh shall see it together’ – repetitive 4. ‘For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it’ – long notes. Solemn like chant.
Textures in the piece: Homophonic: melody part + accompaniment, meaning bars 33 - 38 example parts moving at the same time two parts singing the same words, Doubling: meaning at different pitches or octaves bar 51 onwards example a single melodic line with no bars 11 - 13 Monophonic: meaning accompaniment example two or more parts Imitation: meaning copying/imitating each other example bar 17 onwards two of the 4 motifs being sung 2 ideas together: meaning at the same time example bars 110 - 113