Saturday, December 6, 2008

Handel's Messiah practice

I've been working on Handel's Messiah for a community Sing-in/Play-in on Sunday, December 21. This is a lot of music to learn in a short, but it is wonderful music, and I am having a good time. Whether I can actually play it, at the required tempos, is yet to be determined, but it is a great learning experience. (We are playing selections from the Carl Fisher version.)

I have spent a lot of time trying to find YouTube performances to listen to and play along with (our first official group rehearsal is not until December 18), and am posting them here primarily for my own convenience. There are lots of versions of each section online; I have generally chosen those where I can hear or see the cellists best. If you have other suggestions, do let me know.

Sinfonia


Comfort Ye


Comfort Ye/Every Valley


Every Valley


And the Glory of the Lord



Thus Saith the Lord


But Who May Abide


And he shall purify


And he shall purify, O thou tellest


Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive


O Thou That Tellest


Unto us a child is born:


Pastoral Symphony, There were shepherds, Glory to God


There were shepherds and Lo the Angel of the Lord


And Lo the angel of the lord


And the Angel Said unto them


And suddenly there was with the angel


Glory to God


Rejoice Greatly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4ZrG-4Kbls
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4ZrG-4Kbls
and


Then Shall the eyes of the blind


He shall feed his flocks


His yoke is easy


He trusted in God


Lift up your heads


The lord gave the word


Hallelujah chorus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iXmIjpGsGc
and

1 comment:

yarnplayer said...

Wow, what a lot of "Messiah" videos! I bet your group will sound great!

There are a lot of notes, but usually there is a repeating pattern within each piece, so that helps.