Joseph and his brethren (1743)

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Full name of work:Joseph and his brethren (1743)
Composer:Handel, George Friederic (1685-1759), German
Music category:Classical Choral Oratorio
Instruments:arranged for SATB (piccolo, clarinet, French horn, bassoon) and piano (converted to strings etc)
Name of file creator:John Hooper
e-mail address:john "at" learnchoralmusic "dot" co "dot" uk
Running time:03:02:25
Comments:You can freely and lawfully download a printable score for this Work from,_HWV_59_(Handel,_George_Frideric) - the Petrucci Music Library - though it may not be exactly the same as the one used to make the Midi Files below, and it probably won't be as good as a proper paid-for engraved and printed score.
There appear to be many different versions of this Work, with several clearly written by Handel himself. The IMSLP reference above includes both an Orchestral version (edited by Fr. Chrysander), in English and German, and a Vocal version (L. Hellwig), in German. There is also an unattributed English Vocal Score (similar to but not the same as the German one). This latter was used to make most of the Files below.
There is an excellent, and "complete", performance of this Work by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale, under Nicholas McGegan, on YouTube at
The Scriptorium ZIP File contains Sections - of the type Part A Scene B No C - which exist in the IMSLP Chrysander Orchestral Score but not in the Vocal Score version first used to make these Files.
This ZIP File contains the following NAMED sections:-
Part 1

01-Ouverture.nwc 1: Ouverture
02-BeFirm.nwc 2: Be firm, my soul . . . Come, divine inspirer, come
03-Joseph.nwc 3: Joseph, thy fame has reached great Pharaoh's ear
3,1-Pardon.nwc Part 1 Scene 2 No 3, Recitative: Pardon, that I so long forgot thee, Joseph!
04-Ingratitude.nwc 4: Ingratitude's the queen of crimes
05-stranger.nwc 5: Thus, stranger, I have laid my troubled thoughts
06-O-God.nwc 6: O God of Joseph
07-Pharaoh.nwc 7: Pharoah, thy dreams are one
08-Divine.nwc 8: Divine interpreter!
09-O-lovely.nwc 9: O lovely youth, with wisdom crown'd
10-Wear.nwc 10: Wear, worthy man, this Royal signet
11-Joyful.nwc 11: Joyful sounds, melodious strains
11,1-Whence.nwc Part 1 Scene 4 No 1, Recitative: Whence this unwonted ardour in my breast? (Asenath)
11,2-I-feel.nwc Part 1 Scene 4 No 2, Air: I feel a spreading flame within my veins (Asenath)
11,3-Fair.nwc Part 1 Scene 4 No 3, Recitative: Fair Asenath (Joseph/Pharaoh/Potiphera/Asenath))
11,4-Celestial.nwc Part 1 Scene 5 No 1, Duet: Celestial virgin! Godlike youth!
12-Potiphera.nwc 12: Now, Potiphera, instant to the temple
13-Marcia.nwc 13: Marcia
14-Tis-done.nwc 14: 'Tis done, the sacred knot is tied
15-Pow'rful.nwc 15: Powerful guardians of all nature
16-Immortal.nwc 16: Immortal pleasures crown this pair
17-Glorious.nwc 17: Glorious and happy is thy lot
18-19-Since.nwc 18: Since the race of time began
19:Swift our numbers, swiftly roll
Part 2
20-Hail.nwc 20: Hail thou youth, by Heaven belov'd
21-How-vast.nwc 21: How vast a throne has Egypt for applause
22-Our-fruits.nwc 22: Our fruits, while yet in blossom, die
23-He's-Egypt.nwc 23: He's Egypt's common parent
24-Blest.nwc 24: Blest be the man
24,1-Phanor.nwc Part 2 Scene 1 No 6, Recitative: Phanor, we mention not his highest glory! (Asenath/Phanor)
24,2-Together.nwc Part 2 Scene 1 No 7, Air: Together, lovely innocents, grow up (Asenath)
24,3-silent.nwc Part 2 Scene 1 No 8, Recitative: He then is silent, then again exclaims (Asenath)
25-Where.nwc 25: Where are these Brethrenby this base delay?
25b-Remorse.nwc 25b: Remorse, confusion, horror, fear
25,1-Hebrew.nwc Part 2 Scene 3 No 1, Recitative: This Hebrew prisoner (Phanor/Joseph)
25,2-departed.nwc Part 2 Scene 3 No 2, Accompagnato: Ye departed hours (Joseph)
25,3-peasant.nwc Part 2 Scene 3 No 3, Air: The peasant tastes the sweets of life (Joseph)
25,4-But-Simeon.nwc Part 2 Scene 3 No 4, Scene 4 No 1. Recitative: But Simeon comes (Joseph/Simeon)
26-gracious.nwc 26: My gracious Lord, our testimony's true.
27-Imposter.nwc 27: Imposter! Ah! my foul offence
27,1-Whence.nwc Part 2 Scene 5 No 1, Recitative: Whence, Asenath, this grief that hangs upon thee
27,2-The-silver.nwc Part 2 Scene 5 No 2, Air: The silver stream, that all its way (Asenath)
27,3-Tell-me.nwc Part 2 Scene 5 No 3, Scene 6 No 1. Recitative: Tell me, O tell me thy heart's malady (Asenath/Joseph/Phanor/Judah)
28-Fear-not.nwc 28: Fear not, peace be unto you
29-To-keep.nwc 29: To keep afar from all offence
30-Thus-one.nwc 30: Thus one with every virtue crown'd
30,1-Once-more.nwc Part 2 Scene 7 No 1, Accompagnato: Once more, O pious Zaphnath, at thy feet (Reuben/Judah)
30,2-This-kiss.nwc Part 2 Scene 7 No 2, Recitative: This kiss, my gracious Lord (Benjamin/Joseph/Judah)
31-It-is.nwc 31: It is, my Lord, my name is Benjamin
32-Thou-deign'st.nwc 32: Thou deign'st to call thy servant son
32,1-Sweet.mnwc Part 2 Scene 7 No 4, Recitative: Sweet innocence! divine simplicity! (Joseph/Benjamin/Reuben/Judah)
33-O-God.nwc 33: O God, who in Thy heav'nly hand
Part 3
34-Sinfonia.nwc 34: Sinfonia
35-What say'st.nwc 35: What say'st thou, Phanor?
36-wanton.nwc 36: The wanton favours of the great
37-Whence.nwc 37: Whence so disturb'd, my Lord?
38-Jealousy.nwc 38: Ah Jealousy, thou pelican
38,1-O-wrong.nwc Part 3 Scene 2 No 3, Recitative: O wrong me not! thy Zaphnath never harbour'd (Joseph/Asenath)
38,2-favour.nwc Part 3 Scene 2 No 4, Air: The people's favour, and the smiles of pow'r (Joseph)
38,3-Art-thou.mnwc Part 3 Scene 2 No 5, Recitative: Art thou not Zaphnath? Is not Egypt sav'd (Asenath)
38,4-Prophetic.nwc Part 3 Scene 2 No 6, Air: Prophetic raptures swell my breast (Asenath)
38,5-They-come.nwc Part 3, Scene 2 No 7/Scene 3/Scene 4 No 1. Recitative: They come and indignation in their looks (Joseph/Simeon/Phanor/Benjamin)
38,6-What!.nwc Part 3 Scene 4 No 2, Accompagnato: What! without me? Ah, how return in peace! (Benjamin)
38,7-O-pity.nwc Part 3 Scene 4 No 3, Arioso: O pity! (Benjamin/Joseph)
38,8-To-prison.nwc Part 3 Scene 4 No 4, Recitative: To prison with him! (Joseph/Simeon/Reuben)
39-gracious.nwc 39: O gracious God, we merit well this scourge
40-Etern.nwc 40: Eternal monarch of the sky
40,1-But-peace.nwc Part 3 Scene 5 No 1: But peace, Zaphnath returns (Simeon/Joseph/Judah)
41-Thou-had'st.nwc 41: Thou had'st, my Lord, a father once
41b-Give-up.nwc 41b: Give him up the lad
42-I-can-no.nwc 42: I can no longer - - Phanor, bring the youth
42b-Whilst.mnwc 42b: Whilst the Nile and Memphis
43-What's-sweeter.nwc 43: What's sweeter than the newblown rose?
44-With-songs.nwc 44: With songs of ardent gratitude and praise
45-rejoi.mid">nwc We will rejoice in Thy salvation
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.
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