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Bibil Identifier bibil:202371
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Oratorio as Exegesis: The Use of the Book of Isaiah in Handel's Messiah
Author Davies, Andrew
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 15, Issue: 4-5)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Year (Second publication) 2007
Language English
Pages 464-484 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Handel's Messiah is among the best-known musical compositions of all time, and it is also heavily dependent upon the Bible for its theme and content, thus making it an ideal source for a study of the Bible in music. In this paper I consider how Handel and his librettist Charles Jennens made use of the text of the book of Isaiah (the single most quoted biblical book in the libretto) in both the words and the music of this great oratorio, offering en route some observations on the features of a musical text that need to be taken into account in 'reading' it in this way.
DOI 10.1163/156851507X216508
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Isaiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Music
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