36. Why do the nations so furiously rage together

From Messiah, HWV 56, Part II, Scene 6: The World’s Rejection of the Gospel

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
C major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Allegro
Structure
attacca il coro
Length
96 measures

English text

Why do the nations so furiously rage together: why do the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together: against the Lord, and His annointed.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens
  • Text references: Psalm 2:1-2:2 (paraphrased)

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo

Notes

Variant with recitative instead of B section (see HHA p. 184)

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