* Bärenreiter - Neuerscheinungen 1/2006 – Noten (engl
Handel’s three anthems (My song shall be alway HWV 252, O come let
us sing HWV 253,
O praise the Lord HWV 254) were composed in 1717 and 1718 for
a country estate near to London. They take their nickname, the
from the owner of the estate, the First Duke of Chandos.
The three pieces are noteworthy for their festive character and
their varied orchestral
accompaniment. Handel borrows older material from his Italian period
and his earlier works
for the Chapel Royal in London – a standard procedure for this
composer, who reused
particularly successful pieces as starting points for his later
works. The scoring for solo voices,
chorus, oboe, strings, and continuo was tailored to the musical
resources of the small
country estate. Two additional recorders are needed for “O come let
us sing unto the Lord”.
The anthems present the Urtext from the “Halle Handel Edition” and
include uncomplicated and
easy-to-play piano reductions. In addition to the original English
words, the full scores and
vocal scores also include a singing translation in German.
“The clarity found in these Bärenreiter scores and the excellent
keyboard reductions make
them very attractive for performers.” (Church Music Quarterly, Sept.
O come let us sing HWV253 Full Score