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G Handel nài nà I

g Handel nài nà I

has encouraged belief in the apocryphal story that Handel wrote the music in a fervour of divine inspiration in which, as he wrote the "Hallelujah" chorus, "he saw all heaven before him". From the gentle falling melody assigned to the opening words Comfort ye to the sheer ebullience of the "Hallelujah" chorus and the ornate celebratory counterpoint that supports the closing "Amen hardly a line of text goes by that Handel does not amplify". Both recordings have appeared on other labels in both LP and CD formats. 42 The three charities that were to benefit were prisoners' debt relief, the Mercer's Hospital, and the Charitable Infirmary. Behold and see if there be any sorrow (tenor or soprano) Scene 2 : Christ's Death and Resurrection. (Notes on the music, Edition de L'Oiseau-Lyre 430 4882) Laurence, Dan. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (secco recitative for soprano or alto).

38 39 These forces amounted to 16 men and 16 boy choristers; several of the men were allocated solo parts. Irish Arts Review (198487). For example, the musicologist Rudolf Steglich has suggested that Handel used the device of the "ascending fourth " as a unifying motif ; this device most noticeably occurs in the first two notes of "I know that my Redeemer liveth" and on numerous other occasions. Handel's Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as "a commentary on Jesus Christ's Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension beginning with God's promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ's glorification in heaven. 93 In Britain, innovative broadcasting and recording contributed to reconsideration of Handelian performance.