Messiah: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion (Handel)

Movement 18 of Handel’s Messiah is a dramatic and involved aria for soprano. A fast major-key beginning and end require virtuosic singing, and the slow minor-key middle section gives the singer lots of room to be expressive. Orchestral direction reflects the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording. Price: $4.95 (includes accompaniment backing track and lead sheet) preview […]

Messiah: Glory to God in the Highest (Handel)

Movement 17 from Handel’s Messiah, this is a joyous SATB chorus, complete with trumpets, woodwinds, strings, and harpsichord. The text of “peace on Earth, goodwill towards men” is perfect for Christmas. Orchestral direction reflects the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording. Includes mvmnt. 16 (an 8-measure soprano recitative) as an introduction. Price: $4.59 (includes accompaniment backing track […]

Messiah: For Unto Us a Child is Born (Handel)

The twelfth movement in Handel’s Messiah is a joyous SATB chorus celebrating Christ’s birth. The vocal parts alternate between quiet sections of imitative polyphony and strong sections of heroic union fanfares. All parts match Handel’s original score, and orchestral direction is similar to the well-known recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra. Price: $4.95 (includes accompaniment […]

Messiah: Pifa (Handel)

Movement thirteen in Handel’s Messiah is the only purely instrumental movement, without any singing at all. It’s useful as an interlude, contemplative moment, or during an intermission. The title “Pifa” suggests shepherds’ music played traditionally at Christmas by the Italian “pifferare” (pipers or shepherds). Price: $3.95 (includes accompaniment backing track and lead sheet) preview | […]