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"Hallelujah chorus"- Handel

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Michelle Nguyen

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Transcript of "Hallelujah chorus"- Handel

The concepts of Hallelujah by Handel
Duration & Dynamics and Expressive Techniques
Q & A
Texture, Tone colour and Structure
Q1. Was the work written for a specific occasion?
"Hallelujah chorus"- Handel
September 14th , 1741
Vol XCIII, No. 311
It was written ∞for a choir that included the soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
Q2. Where would you have heard this performance?
It was usually performed in big concert halls e.g opera house. It was first performed in Dublin on 13th April 1742.

Trumpet I AND II,
Q3. What instruments are used?
Violin I and II
Q4 & Q5. Give five defining features that indicated this work was written in the Baroque period and use score examples to support your findings.
1. TEXTURE - the Hallelujah piece had the baroque texture which made it feel rich. The piece was accompanied with the voices of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. This piece was also accompanied by the piano.
2. TONALITY – The hallelujah uses a D major scale instead of the church scale which is usually used back in history to compose most songs.
3. MELODY – this baroque piece uses riffs or motifs, which are repeated rhythms or melodies throughout the whole piece.
4. DYNAMICS - the instruments used are between the number of 2-4, making it a concerto grosso. The piece also uses terraced dynamics creating loud and soft sounds in the piece.
5. HARMONY - ‘Hallelujah’ has a strong sense of perfect cadence which makes a song sounds finish and key tone. The piece also has chordal patterns which are used frequently in the Baroque period.
The Hallelujah piece is placed in the D major scale, which consist of C# and F#
The riff, which is the repeated rhythm or melody,
The pitch of the script is placed on a high octave.
The MOTIF consist of dotted quavers, 3 quavers, quaver rests the followed by 2 semiquavers and 2 quavers.
Texture- the piece begins with a homophony texture then changes to polyphonic.
Homophony is a texture in which two or more parts move together in harmony, the relationship between them creating chords.
Polyphonic is a texture consisting of two or more simultaneous lines of independent melody.
The structure is in binary form.
This means the piece is in an A A B B form.
This piece was written for kettledrums (also known as timpani). A kettle drum is a percussion instrument. When struck by sticks or, less commonly, by the hands, the membrane produces a sound of identifiable pitch. The song created a happy and bright atmosphere.
Tone Color
The Hallelujah Chorus combines music, poetry and excerpts of bible scriptures to bring off a bright, full sound, seamless among the sections without a hint of strain in the crescendos.

The song's dynamic is
mezzo piano

The song has a duration of 3 minutes
and 47 seconds.
The time signature is 4/4, meaning 4
crotchet beats in each bar.
The song is played allegro. This means
to play in a quick, lively tempo.

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