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.


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

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

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.