Handel – Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus (Suzuki Book 2)

This melody is came from the Chorus “See, Conquering Hero Comes,” from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus” written in 1745-1746, which is one of the most popular oratorio besides his “Messiah,” although I have not have any chance of playing.

I have the impression that this piece is often played at award ceremonies in Japan, but I wonder if it is still the case even now.

For this piece, there are three parts provided in the Suzuki Book.

Maestoso means majestically, in a dignified manner.

With this key word, how would you play this piece?

I place another video at the bottom, one of the examples of how it is sung in the oratorio setting. It sounds different, isn’t it? but why? Please share the idea with me. 🙂

Chorus from “Judas Maccabaeus”

Thank you, Felicis Cantus Haendel for the video !

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