Handel, Song for St Cecilia's Day HWV 76 [Bar:BA10722-90]

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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)
- Easy-to-play piano reduction
Edition no.
Detailed product information
Volume / Series
Blaut, Stephan
Instrumentation of the work
Soloists, Mixed choir (SATB), Orchestra
Language(s) of work
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Vocal Score, Urtext edition
Pages / Format
77 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 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.