Chandos Anthems , HWV —, is the common name of a collection of eleven or twelve anthems , sacred choral compositions written by George Frideric Handel , with the authorship of No. The texts are psalms and combined psalm verses in English. Handel wrote the anthems as composer in residence at Cannons , the court of James Brydges , who became the First Duke of Chandos in His chapel was not yet finished, and services were therefore held at St Lawrence in Whitchurch. The scoring is intimate, in keeping with the possibilities there. Some of the anthems rely on earlier works, and some were later revised for other purposes.
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Chandos Anthems , HWV —, is the common name of a collection of eleven or twelve anthems , sacred choral compositions written by George Frideric Handel , with the authorship of No. The texts are psalms and combined psalm verses in English. Handel wrote the anthems as composer in residence at Cannons , the court of James Brydges , who became the First Duke of Chandos in His chapel was not yet finished, and services were therefore held at St Lawrence in Whitchurch.
The scoring is intimate, in keeping with the possibilities there. Some of the anthems rely on earlier works, and some were later revised for other purposes. Ten of the anthems were published in With a leading Jubilate , an additional closing anthem in different scoring, and in different order, they were published in the Samuel Arnold edition of Handel's works. Carus-Verlag published an edition in , calling them Cannons Anthems.
During his stay , Handel composed anthems which became known as the Chandos Anthems , for use in Anglican church services. Brydges had a chapel built, but it was still under construction when Handel composed the pieces, and was completed in Therefore the court services were held at the parish church St Lawrence in Whitchurch.
The organ used by Handel is at its east end. The organ was modified over the years, but it was restored in , using the surviving parts of the original single- manual instrument as a reference. Setting a psalm completely was familiar to him from older models, and he used it in his own settings of psalms in Latin in , and in No.
He used the first method in setting Psalm 51, for example, in No. Ten of the anthems were published in , today's numbers 2 to 11, in different order. It is debated if this work was composed by Handel. Carus-Verlag published an edition of the individual anthems in , calling them Cannons Anthems. The scoring of the anthems adjusts to the musicians available at the church, resulting, with only few exceptions, in a three-part choir of soprano , tenor and bass , and similarly an orchestra without violas, with oboes playing in unison, two violins and basso continuo.
The light texture gives the music the character of chamber music. Paul's Cathedral. Many movements rely on earlier music, and several were later expanded in new context.
Romain Rolland wrote that these anthems or Psalms stood, in relation to Handel's oratorios, much the same way that the Italian cantatas stood to his operas: "splendid sketches of the more monumental works". Davis wrote that they contain "almost every type and style of Handel's music", and thus "present a rather comprehensive panorama of the composer's creative output".
The Chandos Anthems are sometimes sung by larger forces than Handel intended, as for example in a well-received recording of three of the anthems in by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. The choir, directed by Stephen Layton , has 40 members. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. George Frideric Handel. The Alchemist Alceste. Cecilia's Day. Oboe Concerto No. Water Music Music for the Royal Fireworks. Organ concertos, Op. Namespaces Article Talk.
The Chandos Portrait of Handel. Oboe 2 violins continuo. Chandos Jubilate or Cannons Jubilate in D major. Transcribed for orchestra by Edward Elgar in as the Overture in D minor , and by Stokowski in The overture was later reused in Handel's oboe concerto No.
Two movements added later. As pants the hart. Psalms 95 Venite , 96 , 97 , 99 , BCP. Psalms , , NVP.
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