|Creator:||Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759|
|Title:||Hailstone chorus, manuscript music|
|Quantity:||0.02 Linear feet (1 folder housed with minor collections MS 1252 to MS 1259)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of seven pages of music plus the cover title, entirely in manuscript. The material is dated 1794, but is perhaps a later copy. The cover title reads: "Hailstone Chorus. Duett for two performers on one Piano Forte."|
George Frideric Handel was an English composer of German birth. Though consistently acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of his age, his reputation from his death to the early 20th century rested largely on the knowledge of a small number of orchestral works and oratorios, "Messiah" in particular. In fact, he contributed to every musical genre current in his time, both vocal and instrumental. The composition of operas, mainly on Italian librettos, dominated the earlier part of his career, and are the finest (though not the most typical) of their kind. In his later years his commitment to large-scale vocal works, usually with a strong dramatic element, found a more individual outlet in English oratorio, a genre that he invented and established. -- Oxford Music Online. (http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com:80/subscriber/article/grove/music/40060) Retrieved2/6/2009.
Handel's "Israel in Egypt" is unique among his oratorios in the way that the chorus takes the lead throughout. It was not a success at its premiere, probably because the audience found the music old-fashioned. And later ages have disapproved of it because Handel borrowed so much of the music from other composers - and from himself. But that need not trouble us. The important thing about the amazing "Hailstone Chorus" is not that it is based on a piece by Stradella; what matters is the way that Handel makes it completely his own with a new rushing orchestral accompaniment and those choral shouts of "fire." Evoking the various plagues sent against the Egyptians brought out all Handel's inventive powers. - Times Online (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/article862462.ece) Retrieved 2/6/2009.
Hailstone chorus, manuscript music, MS 1254. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.