Music composed by G. F. Handel. Libretto by Charles Jennens, based on 1 Samuel. First Performance: 16 January , King’s/Queen’s. Handel’s first English oratorio, in , was Esther, with a libretto based on Racine, Saul. In July the cancellation of the intended opera season was. Handel Saul Atto 1 Libretto – Download as Text File .txt), PDF File .pdf) or read online.
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Whom shall I bring up to thee? Author of Peace, who canst controll. How hast thou dar’d to lift thy Sword Against th’Anointed of the Lord?
Exit Jonathan, then Saul. His opportunities to set English texts to music had been more limited; he had spent the years to as composer in residence to the wealthy Duke of Chandos where he had written church anthems and two stage works, Acis and Galatea and Esther ; and had composed vocal music to English words for various royal occasions, including a set of Coronation anthems for George II inwhich had made a huge impact.
Samuel Hath God forsaken thee? Opera seria in three acts. O’er all thy Works prevail.
The People, put to flight, in Numbers fell. I fear some dire Event, unless my Brother. A group of Israelite young women offer further tributes to David. Would’st thou insnare me?
David his Ten Thousands slew, Ten thousand praises are his due! Les Troyens Les Troyens: Dead march Elegy on the death of Saul and Jonathan Connections he had made in Venice, brought appointment in as Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover. His involvement with Italian opera as a composer and organizer continued, eventually under the royal patronage of George I, Elector of Hanover, who had succeeded to the English throne inon the death of Queen Anne, but bywith the handep of a rival opera company under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, there were obvious commercial difficulties.
How shall I reconcile you? Miss Young possibly Cecilia’s sister, Esther? Hanfel canst inform me then: He commands Jonathan to kill his friend, but in vain: He is welcomed by Saul, king of Israel, accompanied by his son Jonathan, his two daughters Michal and Merab, and Abner, his commander-in-chief.
Our fainting Courage soon restor’d.
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His marriage, on the day of the public rehearsal, to Lady Henrietta Herbert, daughter of the Earl of Waldegrave, occasioned considerable contemporary scandal. Chorus and soloists mourn the deaths of the King and his son, and the work concludes with a chorus in the key of C major urging David to lead his country into battle against its enemies.
Shall I with sacrilegious Blow. No Ties the furious Monster hold. Based on information supplied by Joachim Carlos Martini.
Larghetto Michal O God-like Youth! He has resolv’d your Death; And sternly charg’d.
Then tremble for th’Event. Of Human Race the Pride! Jonathan, High Priest, Chorus.
Doeg I seek for David; and am sent by Saul. Handel’s Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought. What Libertto to take. In the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines, the former are defeated, and Saul and Jonathan are killed.
And who has sent thee hither? Saul I wou’d, that by thy Art thou bring me up the Man whom I shall name. Jonathan, Saul and David.
He now seeks to kill David, trying to enlist Jonathan librettl his purpose, but Jonathan puts the duty of friendship before that of filial obedience. David For thee, my Brother Jonathan, how great is my Distress! How well in Thee does Heav’n at last compensate all my Sorrows past. In this Embrace my Heart bestows itself. Against the World my best, my dearest friend. Hath rent the Kingdom from thee, and bestow’d libregto. Young cited above no name is reported by the original libretto, but in the London Daily Post of 16 January a Miss Young was advertised as the first performer.
David ligretto Jonathan leave together. My Innocence disdains to fear. The Biblical Narrative Jennens derived his text from the Books of Samuel and from Abraham Cowley’s lengthy epic Davideis, the latter acknowledged in the libretto as the source of Merab’s scornful behaviour. My full Revenge on Jesse’s San. No Titles proud thy Stem adorn.
From its Almighty Maker’s Hand. Recitative Jonathan,David “Ah, dearest friend” Tho’ great their Power as their Spite, Undaunted still, my Soul, remain: Spoil’d of thy Arms, and sunk in Infamy.