Handel - And the Glory of the Lord (Melody (4 melodic ideas make up this…
Handel - And the Glory of the Lord
Rhythm, Metre & Tempo
Driving regular on-beat rhythms give a stately feel
. Lively, fast dance tempo to suit the joyous mood
Use of Hemiola - 2 bars of 3/4 sound like 3 bars of 2/4.
4 melodic ideas make up this entire movement of Messiah:
Idea 1: 'And the glory the glory of the Lord' - A major triad - syllabic word setting
Idea 2: 'Shall be revealed' - Descending sequence - Melismatic word setting
Idea 3: Repetition for emphasis.
Idea 4: Long repeated notes. Syllabic word setting
Written for a religious purpose - Oratorio
Oratorio - A musical work which uses a Libretto based on words and stories from the bible
It contains Arias (solo songs), Recitatives (solo sections sung in speech rhythm), Choruses just like opera.
Handel wrote Messiah in 1741 in
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - Beroque period
Born in Germany in 1685
Buried in Westminster Abbey
Harmony and Tonality
Key: A Major
Dominant is E major
The piece modulates (changes key) - to the dominant (E major) and and the dominant of the dominant (B major)