Theodora, on a libretto by Thomas Morell, was composed between 28 June and 31 July 1749 when Handel was in his 65th year.
Handel's spectacular Oratorio was composed in 1744 from a libretto by Charles Jennens that described the fall of Babylon.
Handel's A major setting of the Te Deum (HWV282), a companion piece to the anthem Let God Arise, also now available, first performed at the Chapel Royal in 1724.
The latest addition to the Novello Handel Edition. A stage work of 1745 based on John Milton's classical masque Comus created from a compilation of songs by Handel and Thomas Arne, both pre-existing and original, with the text adapted by John Dalton.
One of two new additions to the Novello Handel Edition, the vocal score of Let God Arise (HWV256b), originally written as one of the so-called Chandos anthems, was re-scored for the Chapel Royal in 1724. Edited by Donald Burrows.