Esther (1718/1732)

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Full name of work:Esther (1718/1732)
Composer:Handel, George Friederic (1685-1759), German
Music category:Classical Choral Oratorio
Instruments:arranged for SATTB (piccolo, clarinet, French horn/trombone, 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:01:31:45
Comments:This ZIP File contains the following NAMED sections:-
00-Sinfonia.nwc Sinfonia
01a-spare.nwc 1a: 'Tis greater far to spare than to destroy
01-Pluck.nwc 1: Pluck root and branch from out the Land
02a-ardour.nwc 2a: Our souls with ardour glow
02-fear.nwc 2: Shall we the god of Israel fear?
03a-persecution.nwc 3a: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod
03-Tune-harps.nwc 3: Tune your harps to cheerful strains
04-servt.nwc 4: Shall we of servitude complain
05-Praise.nwc 5: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise
06a-suckling.nwc 6a: O God, who from the suckling's mouth
06-singsongs.nwc 6: Sing songs of praise, bow down the knee
04-servt.nwc 4: (reprise) Shall we of servitude complain
07a-provok'd.nwc 7a: How have our sins provok'd the Lord!
07-Me-thinks.nwc 7: Me-thinks I hear the mothers' groans
08-sons.nwc 8: Ye sons of Israel, mourn
09-Jordan.nwc 9: Shall we no more behold thee glide the fertile vales along
08-sons.nwc 8: (reprise) Ye sons of Israel, mourn
10a-sorrow.nwc 10a: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?
10-Dread.nwc 10: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger
11a-King.nwc 11a: I go before the King to stand
11-Tears.nwc 11: Tears, assist me, pity moving, justice cruel ...
12-save.nwc 12: Save us, O Lord
13a-intrude.nwc 13a: Who dares intrude into our presence?
13-soul.nwc 13: Who calls my parting soul from death?
14-Queen.nwc 14: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes;
15a-favour.nwc 15a: If I find favour in thy sight,
15-love.nwc 15: How can I stay when love invites?
16a-visage.nwc 16a: With inward joy his visage flows.
16-Virtu.nwc 16: Virtue, truth and innocence shall be her sure defence
17-Jehova.nwc 17: Jehova, crown'd with glory bright,
18-Hecom.nwc 18: He comes to end our woes
19a-Queen.nwc 19a: Now, O Queen, thy suit declare
19-Turn-not.nwc 19: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away,
20-tongue.nwc 20: Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee.
21a-Guards.nwc 21a: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence;
21-fall'n.nwc 21: How art thou fall'n from thy height;
22-slain.nwc 22: The Lord our enemy has slain
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 Academy of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood on YouTube starting .
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