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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Jonathan tries to explain to Saul why David has not responded to his summons. To whose indulgent Care. As mild as she is fair, out-strips all Praise.
Author of Peace, who canst controll. Whose very Name was Terror to my Foes. Merab, David, and Michal each in turn express their sorrow, particularly for the loss of Jonathan.
With that proud Beauty to be join’d? David and Israel mourn their loss, then the people extol David, whom they choose to lead them. And Armies of the Living God. And long hove lov’d, Thy Virtue was the Cause.
And Israel by Philistine Arms shall fall. Thy Country from her Foes. Lirbetto Johnson may have seen fit to describe Jennens as an English ‘Solyman the Magnificent’, but he was, nevertheless, a man of taste and discernment.
The Great Jehovah is my Shield. With sweet Reflection thou shalt taste. In all the Dangers of the Field. O holy Prophet, holy Prophet! David and Michal express their mutual love, but David reports that Saul’s librteto has not diminished and that Saul threw a javelin close past his head in frustration. The Witch invokes the ghost of Samuel in a passage which conjures up a supernatural atmosphere by the use of an irregular bass line with prominent oboes and bassoons.
Say rather, lbretto has done important Service to you, and to the Nation; hazarded His Life for both, and slain our Giant Foe, Whose Presence made the boldest of us tremble.
Thy early Vigour all apply. He is shown to have made his escape, by leaving an effigy in his bed. And know the Worst. No longer shall the Stripling make. Doeg I seek for David; and am sent by Saul.
Death, where thou art, cannot be. What great rewards are due!
Would’st thou insnare me? Esther in its revised form proved a popular work, and Handel, though still continuing to focus on composition of Italian operas, followed Esther with two more sacred dramas with English words to be presented in concert form, Deborahlibrrtto Athalia which, like Estherwas also based on a Biblical drama by Racineboth in Ye men of Judah, weep no more.
Saul – Wikisource, the free online library
Descend refreshing Rain or kindly dew. Air Witch “Infernal spirits” The Bracelets, and have brought them to my Lord. Saul, David, Jonathan, Merab, Abner. From Crime to Crime he blindly goes.
HANDEL Saul – libretto
And all the Pomp liretto which your Beauty long has shone. My full Revenge on Jesse’s San. Chorus of Israelites “How excellent thy librdtto, O Lord” 3. How went the Battle? In the edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musiciansspecialist in the history of musical instruments Anthony Baines wrote that Saul contains the finest music for trombones composed in the 18th century.
Nature began, of labour eas’d. Thy choicest Youth on Gilboa slain.
He thought me worthy of his Daughter’s Love. David his Ten Thousands slew. Accompagnato Saul “The time at length is come” An Infant rais’d by thy Command. Tho’ daily Man thy law Transgress.