Alexander Balus (1747)

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Full name of work:Alexander Balus (1747)
Composer:Handel, George Friederic (1685-1759), German
Lyricist:Thomas Morell
Music category:Classical Choral Oratorio
Instruments:arranged for SATB (piccolo, clarinet, French horn, bassoon) and piano (converted to strings etc)
Name of file creator:Hooper, John
e-mail address:john "at" learnchoralmusic "dot" co "dot" uk
Running time:02:42:16
Comments:This ZIP File contains the following NAMED sections:-
Part 1

01-Overture.nwc 1: Overture
02-Flush'd.nwc 2: Flush'd with conquest
03-partners.nwc 3: Thus far, ye glorious partners
04-author.nwc 4: Great author of this harmony
05-happy.nwc 5: And thus let happy Egypt's King
06-Thrice.nwc 6: Thrice happy the Monarch
07-Congratulation.nwc 7: Congratulation to our father's friend
08-Hark.nwc 8: Hark, Hark! He strikes the golden lyre
09-ambition.nwc 9: Be it my chief ambition
10-virtue.nwc 10: Fair virtue shall charm me
11-happy.nwc 11: Ye happy nations round
12-Jonathan.nwc 12: My Jonathan
13-resistless.nwc 13: Oh, what resistless charms
14-Subtle.nwc 14: Subtle love, with fancy viewing
15-Aspasia.nwc 15: Aspasia, I know not
16-How-happy.nwc 16: How happy should we mortals prove
17-accents.nwc 17: Check not the pleasing accents
18-smile.nwc 18: So shall the sweet attractive smile
19-blissful.nwc 19: O blissful state
20-pleasures.nwc 20: O, what pleasures, past expressing
21-hangs.nwc 21: Why hangs this heavy gloom
22-Mighty.nwc 22: Mighty love now calls to arms
22a-Heroes.nwc 22a: Heroes may vaunt their mighty deeds
This Aria is an Appendix in the Alexander Balus
IMSLP Score mentioned above
23-Judah.nwc 23: Ye sons of Judah
24-blessings.nwc 24: Great God, from whom all blessings spring
Part 2
25-mankind.nwc 25: Kind hope, of all mankind the friend
26-Long-long.nwc 26: Long, long and happy live the King
27-Mithra.nwc 27: O Mithra, with thy brightest beams
28-sovereign.nwc 28: Stay, my dread sovereign
29-Hateful.nwc 29: Hateful man
30-calumny.nwc 30: O calumny
31-forebodings.nwc 31: Ah! Whence these dire forebodings
32-Toss'd.nwc 32: Toss'd from thought to thought I rove
33-winds.nwc 33: Give to the winds, fair Princess
33a-winds.nwc 33a: Give to the winds, fair Princess [Aria]
from "Joseph and his Brethren":
"Powerful guardians of all nature"
34-Love.nwc 34: Love, glory, ambition
35-thrive.nwc 35: Thus far my wishes thrive
36-Virtue.nwc 36: Virtue, thou ideal name
37-people.nwc 37: Ye happy people
38-Triumph.nwc 38: Triumph, Hymen, in the pair
39-Glad-time.nwc 39: Glad time, at length
40-wedded.nwc 40: Hail, wedded love
41-Hymen.nwc 41: Hymen, fair Urania's son
Part 3
42-Symphony.nwc 42: Symphony
43-Tis-true.nwc 43: 'Tis true, instinctive nature
44-45-Here-amid.nwc 44: Here amid the shady woods
45:Mistaken Queen
46-voice.nwc 46: Ah, was it not my Cleopatra's voice?
47-Mighty.nwc 47: Mighty guardians of all nature
This is more or less the same as
"Powerful guardians of all nature"
from "Joseph and his Brethren".
I include it unchanged (save for the key).
48-Treachery.nwc 48: Treachery, O King
49-Fury.nwc 49: Fury, with red sparkling eyes.
50-Gods!.nwc 50: Gods! Can there be?
51-Strange.nwc 51: Strange reverse of human fate.
52-return.nwc 52: May he return.
53-radiant.nwc 53: To God, who made the radiant sun.
54-Sun, moon.nwc 54: Sun, moon and stars
55-false.nwc 55: Yes, he was false
56-Ungrateful.nwc 56: Ungrateful child.
57-O-sword.nwc 57: O sword, and thou, all-daring hand.
58-smile.nwc 58: Shall Cleopatra ever smile again?
59-tidings.nwc 59: Ungrateful tidings
60-O-take.nwc 60: O take me from this hateful light.
61-Forgive.nwc 61: Forgive, O Queen.
62-Calm-thou.nwc 62: Calm thou my soul.
63-Convey.nwc 63: Convey me to some peaceful shore.
64-Mysterious.nwc 64: Mysterious are thy ways.
65-servants.nwc 65: Ye servants of the eternal king.
There are no text/lyrics; these Files were generated purely for Choral Rehearsing purposes (using a published piano-reduction Score), and so don't look pretty even though they should sound reasonable (though that depends very much on your hardware/software; mine is a Soundblaster AWE64 Gold).
Voice-emphasised Midi Files of the whole work can be downloaded for free from my Website (above). The Site also contains Midi Files for several rather more modern Composers, for which NWC versions may be available.
There is an excellent performance of this Work by the Palmer Singers on YouTube starting
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