Sample Programmes: The English Baroque - Orchestra and Chorus

 

All Programmes © Graham Lea-Cox


 



   From Purcell and Handel to Boyce and Arne


Orchestral forces unless otherwise stated: 2202 2000 Drums Strings Continuo (Portative & Great Organ)    


1.  Coronation Music for the Hanoverian Kings of England  


William Boyce: For the Coronation of George III, 1761:  The King Shall Rejoice / The Lord is a Sun


George Frederic Handel:  For the Coronation of George II, 1727: To be chosen from:    Zadok the Priest / Let Thy Hand be Strengthened / The King Shall Rejoice / My Heart is Inditing


or a complete performance of:  


George Frederic Handel: For the Coronation of George II, 1727: Zadok the Priest / Let Thy Hand be Strengthened / The King Shall Rejoice / My Heart is Inditing


2.  Music for the Church, Saints, Kings and Paupers.  


Henry Purcell:  An Ode on St. Cecilia's Day  1692 - 'Hail, Bright Cecilia'  or  An Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, 1694  - 'Come, Come Ye Sons of Art'  (recorders; theorbo/harpsichord and bass viol continuo)


George Frederic Handel: For the Coronation of George II, 1727:  The King Shall Rejoice / My Heart is Inditing


William Boyce: O  be Joyful in God all ye Lands  (Written for the Installation of the Duke of Newcastle as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, 1749)  or  Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (1755)  [c. 30']  (Written for the annual service of the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy (Orphans), St. Paul's Cathedral)  


Other Repertoire Suggestions:


George Frederic Handel:  Foundling Hospital Anthem (1749) 'Blessed are they that considereth the poor'   {SSAT soloists, SATB Chorus}


William Boyce:  The Souls of the Righteous -  the "Funeral Anthem" {AT soloists, SATB chorus; 2001 2200 T Stgs Cont.}  (Written to console the Royal Family upon the death of  George II)


Thomas Arne:  Libera Me (Requiem) {BTS soloists,SATB Chorus& orchestra; (Arne, a Roman Catholic, wrote this in 1770 on the death of a friend)