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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Scene the Fourth David and an Amalekite. Whose Presence made the boldest of us tremble.

David’s efforts are in vain, and the King’s jealousy breaks out into an aria of fury “A serpent, in my bosom warm’d”, which suddenly and unexpectedly breaks off as the King hurls his javelin at David, depicted in the music by descending octaves in the strings. Chorus of Israelites “Gird on thy sword, thou man of might” [25]. I met with Saul, just fallen upon his Spear. And heal his wounded Soul.

Ten thousand praise, are his due! At any rate, Handel was here willing, as in his later collaborations with Jennens, to pay some attention to the latter’s advice and suggestions and it was through Jennens libretfo he wrote new music for the elegy on Saul and Jonathan, rather than re-using music he had written for the funeral of Queen Caroline the previous December. If yet his Sin be not too great. Solo and Chorus David and Israelites “O fatal day!


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I am an Amalekite. They only can our Cares beguile, Who gently speak, and sweetly smile. An Infant rais’d by thy Command. Saul, David, Jonathan, Merab, Abner.

With such disdainful Pride receiv’d The King’s Command! From Cities storm’d, and Battles won. Britain in the Hanoverian Age, — 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.

And save the Honour of his Line.

The Son of Jesse to thy own Confusion? Melodramma tragico in three acts. Opera in four acts. Fear not, lovely Fair, for me: Saul asks Jonathan to bring David back to court and promises Michal as David’s bride, though Saul anticipates David’s death in battle. A high priest predicts David will win future xaul and the Israelites urge him to restore their kingdom.

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Music drama in three acts. The Pleasure of Rood Action, past. Air Witch “Infernal spirits” Air Merab “Capricious man, in humour lost” God and Man by thee infested, Thou by God and Man detested! In the same letter in which Jennens complained that Handel wanted a chorus of handeo at a point of the drama the writer felt was inappropriate, he wrote of a meeting he had with Handel to discuss the work and the composer’s delight in some of the unusual instruments he planned to use:.


Whom Heav’n ordains thy Bride! Jonathan, Saul and David.

Ever at all Good repining, Still the Happy undermining! At the court of King Saul, once a mighty warrior himself, all the people celebrate the hero Gandel.

With sweet Reflection thou shalt taste. So shall thy youthful Happiness In Age no Diminution know. If Virtue in that Dress appear, Who, that sees, can Love forbear?