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Sing-a-Long with Handel's "Messiah"
"We are members of a choir singing Handel's well-loved oratorio. From weeks of rehearsals we are now very familiar with the complete work and are ready for performance. Time to warm up the vocal chords!"
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The tenor soloist has just finished the air/aria "Every valley shall be exalted" and we are waiting for the conductor's downbeat on the chorus which follows. Stand up straight and get that breathing under control; the altos are about to lead off with which chorus?
"And he shall purify"
"Arise, shine, for thy light is come"
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion"
"And the glory, the glory of the Lord"
The soprano soloist is singing an air which is lilting and lovely, and it's nice for the choir to have a breather, but did we just hear her sing about worms destroying her body? What is the title of this air?
"How beautiful are the feet of them"
"I know that my Redeemer liveth"
"For behold, darkness shall cover the Earth"
"Thou shalt break them"
Okay, the alto and soprano soloists have just finished their one-two air about Christ feeding his flock like a shepherd, and that we should come unto Christ, all of us who are heavy laden. And we are preparing to launch into one of the more difficult choruses. Which chorus follows, which is led off by the sopranos?
'And with his stripes we are healed"
"Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened"
"His yoke is easy, his burden is light"
Oh my, this is the chorus that gave all of us trouble in rehearsal, but we've finally mastered it. Which word is particularly tricky in "For unto us a Child is born?"
We've just finished "For unto us a Child is born" and we get to take a breather, thanks to the orchestra. What does the orchestra play following this chorus?
The Stable Symphony
The Shepherd Lullaby
The Pastoral Symphony
The Angel Pastorale
The alto soloist has just finished the air "He was despised" and we have to focus in on three choruses that follow one right after the other; "Surely he hath borne our griefs" "And with His stripes we are healed" and "All we like sheep have gone astray".
The tenor soloist is coming to the end of the air "Thou shalt break them" and we are preparing for what is undoubtedly the best known chorus in the oratorio, the chorus "Hallelujah." What occurrence could distract the singers during the first few bars of the chorus?
This is the end of Part II and some of the audience will try and leave quietly.
Members of the audience are permitted to take photographs only during this chorus.
The tenors enjoy their part so much they tend to get carried away.
The audience rise to their feet for the duration of the chorus.
We're coming close to the end of the Oratorio now and we launch into the chorus "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain." We begin Largo: "Worthy is the lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by his blood." We then move to the next line Andante: "to receive power and riches, and strength and wisdom and glory and honour and blessing." Did we sing this last line correctly?
Moving immediately from the chorus "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain" the altos lead off into an impressive "Amen."
Which of the following employs a solo trumpet to accompany an air for Bass?
The people that walked in darkness
Why do the nations so furiously rage
The trumpet shall sound
Thou art gone up on high
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Compiled May 19 13