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Unformatted text preview: 4 th movement-Great free counterpoint Beautiful melody in strings Tenors sing chorale melody against it 7 th Movement-Homophonic setting of chorale melody-Congregation probably joined in for this part George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) o Born in Germany o More cosmopolitan than Bach Italy and England o Works Every major genre of the baroque era Instrumental music (concertos, sonatas, etc.) Italian operas English oratorios-Sacred work for concert performance (not part of liturgy)-Recits, arias, choruses-Essentially a sacred opera without staging, scenery, or costumes-Handel perfected the oratorio in England-Performed during lent in London -The Messian (1741): most famous oratorio in history. Lesson 9 o Handels melismas- long melisma from aria Evry valley shall be exalted (typical of Handels style)...
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