Handel, Christian

Chorus: 'Thanks Be To God' -- Handel Messiah (1741) 1 Cor. 15:57

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⁣From Handel, HWV 56: Messiah
Part III - 7th piece - chorus*
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Handel's Messiah – 1741

Composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741 over a brief 24-day period (260 pages), the correct title is simply "Messiah". It is an oratorio. Acclaimed through the centuries as the greatest musical composition ever written, the term 'inspired' has often been suggested in attempting to describe the work. Whether that be the case or not, certainly no greater subject matter were ever possible than that of this 'oratorio'. Written with the inspired Word of God from the King James Bible, it is a presentation of the Saviour of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, from the prophecies that went before, to His coming triumphant reign of heaven and earth. On the bottom of the manuscript Handel wrote "SDG" — Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone the glory". Upon finishing the Alleluia chorus -- end of part II, Handel is said to have exclaimed "I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God himself!” In three parts:

Third Part:
46. (1) I know that my redeemer liveth (air for soprano)
47. (2) Since by man came death (chorus)
48. (3) Behold i tell you a mystery (bass recitation)
49. (4) The trumpet shall sound (air for bassist)
50. (5) Then shall be brought to pass (alto recitative)
51. (6) O death where is thy sting? (duet alto and tenor)
52. (7) But thanks be to God (chorus)
53. (8) If God be for us (air for soprano or alto *version 1 soprano version 2 alto)
54. (9) Worthy is the lamb that was slain / Amen (chorus)

(*Collegium 1704, Václav Luks)

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'But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ' (1Cor. 15:57) - good for singing all the day long:


'Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ' - Eph. 5:19-20 [cf. Ps. 69:30]
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