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Title: Handel's Messiah

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Subject: Music and Movies
Author: William M
Date: November 6, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 6 / 1540
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Handel’s main focus at this time was Italian opera; oratorio was just something to dabble in. He did write three more early oratorios: Esther, 1721; Deborah, 1733; and Athaliah, also in 1733. However, he still did not fully devote himself to oratorio until he wrote Saul in 1738. Israel in Egypt was also composed at this time, and these two mark the beginning of Handel’s oratorio as we know it...

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Israel in Egypt was also composed at this time, and these two mark the beginning of Handel’s oratorio as we know it. He abandoned opera altogether in 1740, and from then on concentrated solely on the oratorio. Four elements contributed to the development of the modern form: Italian oratorio, which Handel was exposed to first; opera, in particular the Neapolitan style, but also the English tradition of the lyric stage, used by composers such as Henry Purcell; the different forms of church music in North Germany, Italy, and England; and the secular cantata, especially the English tradition...

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