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The Messiah: An Oratorio Complete Vocal Score

4.65  ·  Rating Details ·  281 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Paper Edition. English.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (first published October 1st 1980)
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I've been singing bits of this with choirs since high school (thank you forever Mr. Godfrey!) and always been amazed by its beauty and depth, caught up into a vision that draws on all scripture. But I will forever remember today's listening. My uni organized a trip for the foreign teachers and the international affairs office to go to a Miao village (this people has also been known as the Hmong) to a performance by their church choir which has been singing praises to God together for a hundred+ ...more
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ماعندناش كتب مزيكا متداولة كتير في مصر و الوطن العربي عشان كده لسه موش واضحلى اوى معنى انى اقرا اوبرا :) ؟! هل معناه انى اقرا النوت الموسيقية بتاعتها ؟ .. و لا الحوار الكلامى اللى فيها ؟ .. و لا الاتنين ؟؟ .. عموما باحاول اقرا الاتنين على اي حال
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Mark Woodland
Jul 28, 2011 Mark Woodland rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know what to say about one of the most magnificent pieces of music ever composed that hasn't already been said before. This score (the complete solos, chorus, text and notes) has been one of my treasured possessions since high school, when I performed as part of a 700 voice choir with a symphony orchestra; that's an experience I'll never forget. That aside, the music is so powerful, so emotional and so majestic, and the arrangements so intricate, that it remains as one of the prime ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
For several months prior to Easter, I gathered together with other members of my Church to learn and practice the music of Handel's Messiah each Sunday evening. What began as simply practicing our music transformed into a beautiful study of the Savior's life as we immersed ourselves in Handel's music and the words of the scriptures. We had many wonderful musicians involved with our performance, but many of those involved were amateurs. Our conductor reminded us to keep our eyes on her and to ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work is timeless, absolutely incomparable.
Aug 14, 2012 Jody rated it it was amazing
I will not give here a history of Handel's Messiah, nor will I attempt in any way to criticize it or him. For me, this is the single greatest piece of music written, as a whole. As a singer, the first time I sang from this score, I floundered. It was one of the most alien works I had ever attempted. Now, after two decades, several dozen performances, and countless hours of rehearsal, it is the easiest thing I sing! Where 15 minutes of some choral music leaves me fatigued, Messiah rejuvenates me! ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Slee rated it really liked it
I like this reduction, and it doesn't weigh too much. Are there some questionable notations? Yes, but that will happen with any edition, and they are all worthy of scholarly debate, but it is accessible, the print is large enough without creating too much bulk. This is, hands down, my go-to publication of Handel's Messiah for piano and choir.
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We chose this to go with our December study of Handel's Messiah. Bible verses selected by Charles Jennens and paintings by Bary Moser. I really enjoyed sharing this with the kids and think it would be a nice Christmas present for my parents who love (and shared with me) Handel's amazing Messiah.
Oct 09, 2011 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the all-time greats of Christian music, some of the pieces contained herein are so well known that many people don't even know that they know them. I sang the entire work as part of a 100+ person choir in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, and it's a heady experience that I definitely hope to repeat someday.
Oct 07, 2015 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
Continual study as both chorister and soloist makes it impossible to put a finished date on this monumental classic. To truly appreciate it or any other work of the performing arts, however, go catch a live performance for the total experience!
Rachel Wagner
Aug 18, 2007 Rachel Wagner rated it it was amazing
When I am feeling stressed I often turn on this music and let it take the stress away. I love everything about it. Attending a Messiah Sing-in is a Christmas must for me each year.
K.Q. Webster
Feb 05, 2013 K.Q. Webster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sang this for the first time last December. So much work but it was worth it. The story behind it is amazing!
Richard Magahiz
Dec 01, 2013 Richard Magahiz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: choristers
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I like singing the baritone choral parts at Messiah sings, and plan to do so again this Christmas season. My copy is all marked up now and somewhat dogeared.
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Born the same year as Bach, Händel desired to study music against the wishes of his father. He became a violinist in the opera house of Hamburg, and then at twenty one travelled to Italy. On his return, he accepted the position of director of music to the Elector of Hanover, but soon left for England. A few years after his arrival, the Elector became king of England, securing Händel's position ...more
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