30. Lift up your heads, O ye gates

From Messiah, HWV 56, Part II, Scene 3: Christ’s Ascension

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
F major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
A tempo ordinario
Length
77 measures

English text

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in!
Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in!
Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens
  • Text references: Psalm 24:7-24:10 (verbatim)

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano I
  • Soprano II
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo

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