Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76

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  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Piano reduction: Andreas Köhs
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, SATB Choir
  • Originally for: SATB Choir, Orchestra
  • Work Language: English
  • ISMN: 9790006567720
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 77
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Following upon "Alexander's Feast" (1736), in 1739 Handel produced a second setting of the "Ode to St Cecilia" ("Song for St Cecilia's Day"). At its première it was combined with "Alexander's Feast". Rather than a dramatic plot presentable in the theatre, the Ode, in its seven sections, offers a general hymn of praise to music and its impact. Accordingly, it largely consists of emotion-laden arias and festive orchestration.

This edition, based on the Urtext from the "Halle Handel Edition", offers the version heard at the first performance – the version preferred in today's concert life. The foreword (Ger/Eng) provides many detailed notes on performance practice with regard to orchestration.