Esther, a sacred oratorio in score

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This is a ca. 1794 score of "Esther," a sacred oratorio by Handel. According to the Grove Dictionary of Music, the English libretto of the oratorio was probably a collaborative work between John Arbuthnot and Alexander Pope with additional words by Samuel Humphreys. The engraved frontispiece that precedes the t.p. bears the title "Apotheosis of Handel," and the inscription, "The portrait from an original picture of Hudson's in the possession of Dr. Arnold. Designed by Rebecca [Biagio]. Engraved by [James] Heath. Published the 26th of May 1787, being the anniversary of the commemoration of Handel." A table of contents appears ... continued below

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1 score (135 p.) : engraving ; 35 cm.

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Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. 1794.

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This is a ca. 1794 score of "Esther," a sacred oratorio by Handel. According to the Grove Dictionary of Music, the English libretto of the oratorio was probably a collaborative work between John Arbuthnot and Alexander Pope with additional words by Samuel Humphreys.

The engraved frontispiece that precedes the t.p. bears the title "Apotheosis of Handel," and the inscription, "The portrait from an original picture of Hudson's in the possession of Dr. Arnold. Designed by Rebecca [Biagio]. Engraved by [James] Heath. Published the 26th of May 1787, being the anniversary of the commemoration of Handel."

A table of contents appears on p. 185 with incipits of first lines of text of recitatives and aria.

The performance medium includes: oboes (2), flute, bassoon (2), trumpet, strings (violins, viola, violoncello, and bass), harp, soloists (S) and mixed chorus (SATB), and basso continuo.

The choral number that appears in the appendix on p.183, contains a note, "This chorus comes in page 122."

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1 score (135 p.) : engraving ; 35 cm.

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[First ed.]
Plate Nos. 135-139.

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  • 1794

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  • July 7, 2010, 10:17 a.m.

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  • Nov. 11, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

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Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Esther, a sacred oratorio in score, score, 1794; [London, England]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc25948/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.