Handel-Mozart: Alexander's Feast, K. 591

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    1. Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    2. Editor: Andreas Holschneider
    3. Format: Vocal Score
    4. Instrumentation: STTB Solos, SSATTBB Choir, Piano Reduction
    5. Work Language: German
    6. ISMN: 979-000654294-9
    7. Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
    8. Pages: 125
    9. Urtext / Critical Edition

    In 1736 Handel composed "Alexander's Feast" or "The Power of Musick", a two-part cantata based on John Dryden's poem of the same name. in 1790, at the suggestion of Baron Gottfried van Swieten, Mozart arranged this work using a German translation of the poem made by Karl Wilhelm Ramler in 1770. As in other arrangements of Handelian works, Mozart's re-instrumentation leads to a change in the sound character of the work, placing the composition in the tradition of the Viennese Classic.