My Favourite Bars -Handel bars #1

…Ah I know, it’s a terrible pun, but absolutely unavoidable!  And so, now that our Christmas concert is over (did anyone spot the bar from my last post?), it’s time to look at some Handel, in advance of our Messiah concert in the early New Year.

There are a lot of bars to choose from here – by my arithmetic, 1,273 in the choruses alone! – but sensibly,  I’m only going to look at a small selection.  This week – bar 43 from the chorus “He Trusted In God”.P1030955


At a glance, it doesn’t look like much.  I mean, the Sopranos aren’t even singing at all at this point!  BUT…there is something strangely luminous about the Tenor line here, particularly at the word “delight”, that not only sparkles within itself, but makes all the subsequent bars of this chorus (including the Sopranos, when they find their voices again) shining and clear.  Perhaps it looks  like this….

Rothko No. 8

No. 8  by Mark Rothko  1952

It’s like unexpectedly finding something that you thought you had lost a long time ago….and that’s a pretty good feeling.  Are you familiar with this bar at all?  I’d be interested to compare notes!  And, as ever, if you’ve never heard it before, you are most welcome to come along to Glasgow Cathedral on the 2nd January to give it a listen!  🙂

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