Alexander’s Feast

Secular ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day
George Frideric Handel, 1736
HWV 75

Part I

1.
Overture
(no title)
ob · str · bc
ob · str · bc
2.
Recitative
T · 
bc
3.
Aria + Chorus
Happy, happy pair
SATTB · 2 ob · str · bc
SATTB · 
ob · str · bc
4.
Recitative
T · 
bc
5.
Recitative
The song began from Jove
S · str · bc
S · 
str · bc
6.
Chorus
The list’ning crowd
SSATTB · 2 ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
SSATTB · 
ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
7.
Aria
With ravish’d ears
S · 2 ob · 2 vln · bc
S · 
ob · 2 vln · bc
8.
Recitative
T · 
bc
9.
Aria + Chorus
Bacchus ever fair and young
ATBB · 2 cor · 2 ob · bsn · str · bc
ATBB · 
cor · 2 ob · bsn · str · bc
10.
Recitative
T · 
bc
11.
Recitative
He chose a mournful muse
S · str · bc
S · 
str · bc
12.
Aria
S · 
str · bc
13.
Recitative
With downcast looks
S · str · bc
S · 
str · bc
14.
Chorus
Behold Darius great and good
SATB · 2 ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
SATB · 
ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
15.
Recitative
T · 
bc
16.
Arioso
S · 
vc · bc
17.
Aria
S · 
vln · bc
18.
Chorus
The many rend the skies with loud applause
SATB · 2 ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
SATB · 
ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
19.
Aria
S · 
vln · bc

Part II

20.
Recitative + Chorus
Now strike the golden lyre again
SATTB · 2 tr · timp · 2 ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
SATTB · 
tr · timp · 2 ob · 2 bsn · str · bc
21.
Aria
Revenge, Timotheus cries
B · tr · 2 ob · 3 bsn · str · bc
B · 
tr · 2 ob · 3 bsn · str · bc
22.
Recitative
Give vengeance the due
T · 2 ob · str · bc
T · 
ob · str · bc
23.
Aria
The princes applaud with a furious joy
T · 2 ob · 2 vln · bc
T · 
ob · 2 vln · bc
24.
Aria + Chorus
Thais led the way
S · str · bc
S · 
str · bc
25.
Recitative + Chorus
Thus long ago
SATTB · 2 fl · 2 ob · str · bc
SATTB · 
fl · 2 ob · str · bc
27.
Recitative
TB · 
bc
28.
Chorus
Let old Timotheus yield the prize
SATB · 2 ob · str · bc
SATB · 
ob · str · bc

Appendix

Recitative
A · 
bc
Duet
Let’s imitate her notes above
SA · 2 vln · 2 ob · bc
SA · 
vln · 2 ob · bc
Chorus
Your voices tune, and raise them high
SATB · 2 cor · 2 ob · str · bc
SATB · 
cor · 2 ob · str · bc

Instrumentation

  • Tromba I
  • Tromba II
  • Timpani
  • Corno I
  • Corno II
  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Violino III
  • Viola I
  • Viola II
  • Fagotto I
  • Fagotto II
  • Fagotto III ripieno
  • Viola
  • Violoncello solo
  • Violoncelli ripieni
  • Soprano solo
  • Tenore solo
  • Basso solo
  • Soprano I chorus
  • Soprano II chorus
  • Alto chorus
  • Tenore I chorus
  • Tenore II chorus
  • Basso I chorus
  • Basso II chorus
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton

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