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Choral & Vocal Works

handel-classical-stock-music.jpgThe recordings featured in this section of Handel's works are from his various oratorios.  The Baroque oratorio was very similar to an opera but it was presented in concert form on a stage. Oratorio arias are no different stylistically than opera arias.

Handel's most popular oratorios are based on Old Testament stories (even his Messiah oratorio uses more text from the Old rather than the New Testament for most of the work).  Since they were intended for the concert hall, Handel's oratorios are seen more as theatre music than as church music.  The oratorios were sung mainly in English and were very popular with the British people of the time and have remained so.  

Handel's deft use of the chorus is one of the great innovations of his oratorio style.  He was well versed in Lutheran choral music from his time in Germany and he was eager to express the growing English choral tradition in his music.

In this section, we feature arias and chorus's from these oratorios by Handel:

  • Jephtha
  • Judas Maccabaeus
  • Joshua
  • Solomon
  • Samson
  • Saul
  • Belshazzar
  • Messiah 

The UniqueTracks Stock Music Library is able to license these recordings for many different media uses.  You can configure your license right here on this website by choosing your usage type from the drop-down box when you click the "License/Buy this Track" link.

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  • Mvt 1, Gloria in excelsis Deo

  • Mvt 2, Et in terra pax

  • Mvt 3, Laudamus te

  • Mvt 4, Domine Deus, Rex coelestis

  • Mvt 5, Qui tolis peccata mundi

  • Mvt 6, Quoniam tu solus sanctus

  • Se d'un Dio (Vocal Version)

  • Furie terribili

  • Lascia ch'io pianga

  • Farewell ye limpid springs

  • Da tempeste

  • Se pietˆ di me non senti

  • Eternal source of light divine

  • Hallelujah! Amen (Chorus From Judas Maccabaeus)

  • Glory To God (Air And "Thunderchoir" From Joshua)

  • Shall I In Mamre's Fertile Plain (Air From Joshua)

  • For All These Mercies We Will Sing (Joshua)

  • Oh! Had I Jubal's Lyre (Air From Joshua)

  • The Great Jehovah Is Our Awful Theme (Joshua)

  • Your Harps And Cymbals Sound (Solomon)

  • The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba (Solomon)

  • Music Spread Thy Voice Around (Solomon)

  • Now A Diff'rent Measure Try (Air From Solomon)

  • Shake The Dome (Chorus From Solomon)

  • Then At Once From Rage Remove (Solomon)

  • Draw The Tear From Hopeless Love (Solomon)

  • Next The Tortur'd Soul Release (Solomon)

  • Thus Rolling Surges Rise (Air From Solomon)

  • By Slow Degrees The Wrath Of God (From Belshazzar)

  • Where Is The God Of Judah (Belshazzar)