Händel, Georg Friedrich
Song for St Cecilia´s Day HWV 76
Ode to St Cecilia
- Urtext from the “Halle Handel Edition”
- Detailed notes on performance practice in the text section (Ger/Eng)
Edition no.
BA10722
ISMN
9790006567713
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Blaut, Stephan
Instrumentation of the work
Soloists, Mixed choir (SATB), Orchestra
Language(s) of work
English
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Score, Urtext edition
Instrumentation
Soprano solo, Alto solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo, Mixed choir (SATB), Flute, Oboe (2), Trumpet (2), Timpani, Violin (2), Viola, Basso continuo
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
XXVIII, 98 S. - 31,0 x 24,3 cm
Following upon “Alexander’s Feast” (1736), in 1739 Handel produced a second setting of the “Ode to St Cecilia” (“Song for St Cecilia’s Day”). At its première it was combined with “Alexander’s Feast”. Rather than a dramatic plot presentable in the theatre, the Ode, in its seven sections, offers a general hymn of praise to music and its impact. Accordingly, it largely consists of emotion-laden arias and festive orchestration.

This edition, based on the Urtext from the “Halle Handel Edition”, offers the version heard at the first performance – the version preferred in today’s concert life. The foreword (Ger/Eng) provides many detailed notes on performance practice with regard to orchestration.
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