Alexander Balus has never been one of Handel’s more popular oratorios. That is mainly because its plot is by modern standards lacking in drama and motivation. PERSONAGGI DEL DRAMMA. Alexander Balus, Re di Siria (alto). Tolomeo, Re d ‘Egitto. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Alexander Balus on Discogs.

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Alexander Balus – Wikipedia

In its original form it contained three concertos: Member feedback about Messiah Part I: List of operas by George Frideric Handel topic The opera house in the Haymarket—first known as the Queen’s Theatre and then later as the King’s Theatre—where many of Handel’s works were first performed. Samson Revolvy Brain revolvybrain Handel marinecorpsvet. Member feedback about George Frideric Handel: The sons of Judah rejoice: In an attempt to unite the two poems into a singular “moral design”, at Handel’s request, Jennens added a new poem, “il Moderato”, to create a third movement.

He was sixty-four years old when he began working on it in June It is most likely that the work was first performed on 16 July in the Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto, under the patronage of the Colonna family.

The Subject is Messiah Among Handel’s best-known instrumental works are the Concerti Grossi Opus 3 and 6; “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”, in which birds are heard calling during passages played in different keys representing the vocal ranges of two birds; and his 16 keyboard suites, especially The Harmonious Blacksmith. Member feedback about Messiah Handel: Demetrius also tries to make a pact with Alexander, offering him and his people many concessions. Handel was at the time composing an oratorio.


The opera was a success at its first performances, was frequently revived by Handel in his subsequent opera seasons and is now one of the most often performed Baroque operas. The work has three acts and was written in English. The libretto was written by Nicola Francesco Haym who used an earlier libretto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani, which had been set to music by Antonio Sartorio Member feedback about Rinaldo opera: The story comes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and concerns Semele, mother of Bacchus.

Alexander Balus, HWV 65 (Handel, George Frideric)

Librettos He is best known as the librettist of the following of George Frideric Handel’s oratorios: Fourth in a series of English military oratorios, following Joshua and the success of Judas Maccabaeus, celebrating the victories of the Ballus monarchy over the Jacobite a,exander, the work moves from celebrations of military success in the first act to personal tragedies in the last.

Member feedback about Saul Handel: It is scored for 3 solo voices, choir and chamber orchestra. Jonathan breaks the bad news that a series of Syrian towns have welcomed Ptolomee as a friend, but that the Egyptian King has then taken control of each city in turn.

Music based on the Bible Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. The action takes place in Ptolomais in —bc. Pinchgut Opera’s Athalia in Sydney: George Frideric Handel Operas. Time and Disillusion are personified thus spelled with an initial capital even in Italian. Handel started aelxander soon after the opera season at King’s Theatre was cancelled for lack of subscribers.


Alexander then befriends the Jews and their leader Jonathan Maccabaeus. Alexander is defeated, and flees into Arabia.

Rinaldo was a triumph, and it is with this work that the aria is chiefly associ George Frideric Handel’s operas comprise 42 musical dramas that were written between and in various genres. Member feedback about Zadok the Priest: Jonathan annonce de mauvaises nouvelles: Jonathan reflects on the tragedy, believing that if everyone bbalus have acknowledged the true God, none of this would have happen.

Handel’s autograph score showing the opening few bars of the aria; Right: Die Handlung spielt — vor Christi Geburt in Alexamder. Alexander is led to believe by a messenger that Jonathan plans to betray him after winning his friendship.

HANDEL Alexander Balus – libretto

The work is scored for strings, two oboes, two trumpets, two horns, bassoon,two flutes, harp,mandolin and continuo. List of oratorios topic Page from the manuscript score of Handel’s oratorio Messiah This is a chronological list of oratorios from the 16th century to the present. Handel used the libretto of L’isola di Alcina, an opera that was set in in Rome by Riccardo Broschi, which he acquired the year after during his travels in Italy.