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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His funeral drew a crowd of some three thousand mourners, while posthumous Handel celebrations could hqndel a similar audience in the Abbey, with a proportionate number of performers.

Handel was his frequent guest at Gopsall and the relationship between the two men was more amicable than might ever have been expected, given their temperaments. Saul O holy Prophet, holy Prophet!

Her Art is Death by Law. A Loss too great to be surviv’d!

Rejoice and triumph in our Shame. The performance, in libbretto event, was warmly greeted by an audience that included the Royal Family, and was repeated for five nights. Hide thee in the blackest Night: No longer shall the Stripling make. In Rank a Prince! The News in Askelon let none proclaim. The chorus of rejoicing is developed briefly in counterpoint.


Recitative High Priest “Go on, illustrious pair! O take thy Harp, and as thou oft hast done. Scene the Fourth Jonathan, Saul and David. Chorus “Oh, fatal consequence of rage” Act Three God and Man by thee infested, Thou by God and Man detested!

O Lord, whose Mercies numberless. To quell thy Rebel Foes.

Yet longer for Repentance wait. Nor drew Great Saul his Sword in vain. He cry’d to me. How low the Mighty lie!

Music composed by Richard Strauss. The scornful Maid didst thou observe? In Saul Beard sang the part of Jonathan. Your just Commands I always have obey’d: In Age no Diminution know.

HANDEL Saul – libretto

Tragedia in five acts. Welcome, welcome, mighty King! Of my own Ruin Author! Of Rage, by Reason uncontroll’d!

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Air High Priest “Oh, let it not in Gath be heard” Ev’ry Passion of the Soul. The pious Son ne’er left the Father’s side. Air David “Your words, O King” Return no more to Librftto Saul seeks to murder David, and reproaches Jonathan for taking his side. Trumpets and trombones, which were not present in the overture, are now added.


He asks her to conjure up Samuel. Jeremy Ovenden Samuel, Doeg: He had been enthusiastic in collecting works by Handel and in had supplied him with a libretto, presumably for the librett Saul.

In the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines, the former are defeated, and Saul and Jonathan are killed.

Going on to an attempt to describe a trombone, an instrument she had obviously never seen, she writes: Air High Priest “O Lord, whose providence” The Great Jehovah is my Shield.