G.F. Handel: Dixit Dominus HWV 232 (Vocal Score)

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Publisher: Bärenreiter
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Handel wrote the famous “Dixit Dominus” with the text of Psalm 109 during his time in Italy in c. 1707. Although he was only 22 years old, the work already demonstrates his wide spectrum of compositional abilities which are later fully realized in his operas and oratorios. Central to this work are the six choral movements, which – with their polyphonic structure – are closely related to German choral music of the 17th century.

The first Urtext edition BA 4002 based on the “Halle Handel Edition” was published in 1960. At that time no critical commentary was published so that in cases of doubt, the basis on which editorial decisions were made was not officially recorded. A new complete edition volume (BA 10704/01), due to be published in 2013 will include a detailed foreword providing information on the genesis and the first performance of this work as well as information on the psalm on which this work is based and on performance practice. In addition several facsimiles pages will be included, giving a view into the source material. The critical commentary will provide a detailed insight into all the available sources and how they have been passed down.

This newly revised Urtext performing edition offers a thorough revision of this frequently-performed work and meets all the requisites of a scholarly-critical edition. Former readings in the old edition regarding a small number of pitches, but mostly basso continuo figures and the underlying text have now been able to be amended on the basis of the new findings. In the new edition the work appears in nine movements – no longer eight – which reflects the composer's intentions. The new performance material is not compatible with the old one.

  • Presented in a revised Urtext edition
  • Clear, straightforward piano reduction
Published on: 14 January 2013
No of pages: 93
Language: English, Latin, German
Catalogue No: BA1070490

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      Scores 9.5 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
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      Surrey GB chorister
      it came very promptly
      I did not realise how high the soprano line is, I have never had a choral piece like it.
      (That is probably not relevant to this questionnaire)
      Confirmed purchase: 15 March 2017
      Published on: 31 March 2017
      10 out of 10


      near Welshpool GB Professional musician
      It's the urtext score
      Same publisher, approximately twice the price of the Mozart Requiem score bought on the same order. Paper colour means contrast with print is less than perfect. These are issues for Barenreiter, not the retailer!
      Confirmed purchase: 10 January 2017
      Published on: 29 January 2017
      9 out of 10


      dorset GB
      Clear printing.
      Pages May not tie up with other editions.
      Confirmed purchase: 28 October 2016
      Published on: 13 November 2016

      Musicroom Reviews

      This score (2012 edition) is beautifully produced and very clear. This 1707 work is not very much harder than Messiah (1741), although the inner parts can be unexpected as Handel completes texture rather than writing an easily-read vocal line. It's not in English, either! The score contains a comprehensive foreword but does not contain a translation and does not set out the complete text in one go. The 2012 edition differs from the 1962 edition in a few places.
      Anonymous - (London, United Kingdom)

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