1. Why do the gentiles tumult?

From Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Part I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
e minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
(no tempo) → adagio → a tempo
Length
54 measures

English text

Bass

Why do the gentiles tumult,
And the nations muse a vain thing,
The kings of the earth upstand with pow’r,
And princes in their congregations
Lay deep their plots throughout each land
Against the Lord and His Anointed?

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton
  • Milton, Psalm ii

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Fagotto
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso
  • Bassi

Notes

“After the poetry of John Milton and Edmund Spenser.
The work was written in the midst of the Jacobite rising of 1745–1746.” Wikipedia

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