Handel’s four anthems were all composed during his London period in the Chapel Royal. “As pants the hart”, his fifth setting of this Psalm text, was written in March 1738 for performance at a benefit concert for the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket. Until just before Handel’s first visit to England, the only instrument permitted to accompany the service in the Chapel Royal was the Organ.
These four works (O sing unto the Lord HWV 249a, I will magnify thee HWV 250b, As pants the hart HWV 251e, Let God arise HWV 256b), with their orchestral accompaniments, thus represent something akin to a new genre in English church music.
The four anthems are presented in clearly laid out Vocal scores with easy-to-play Piano reductions based on the Urtext from the “Halle Handel Edition”. Their winningly varied and self-sufficient orchestral writing provides a suitable framework for the festive chorus and the equally festive solo numbers. Today they sound as splendid as ever before. The full scores and Vocal scores also contain a German translation along with the original English.
- HWV 249a: soloists (AB), chorus (SATB) Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Trumpets, Strings, Continuo.
- HWV 250b: soloists (SATB), chorus (SATB), Oboe, Strings, Continuo.
- HWV 251e: soloists (SAATBB), chorus (SAATBB), 2 Oboes, Strings, Continuo.
- HWV 256b: soloists (AB), chorus (SATB), Oboe, Strings, Continuo.
- Urtext from the “Halle Handel Edition” at the forefront of musical scholarship.
- First separate editions for performance purposes.
- Clear and easy-to-play Piano reductions.
- Original English text with underlaid German translation.
- Full scores, vocal scores and performance material available for sale.