Lower Windrush Choral Society
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Rehearsal aids for June 2018 concert

Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus

 

We shall be singing all the choruses from Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Novello edition, excluding the Appendices.

 

For learning the basics of individual voice parts

These two sites seem to have all, or almost all, the choruses:     

 

Cyberbass:  http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Handel_GF/handel_Judas_Maccabaeus.htm

Watch out for the occasional minor variation from the Novello edition.  Note also that the Cyberbass clips can be slowed down without changing the pitch by clicking on the “< Slower” button on the screen, which is helpful if you need to master a particularly fast or intricate section.

 

MidiChoral: http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Handel/Judas%20Maccabaeus/judas-mac1.html

This link takes you to Part 1.  For Parts 2 and 3, you need to click on the links to ‘next page’.

If you download the MIDI file, and then expand the box to full screen, you’ll find it much easier to move the slider at the bottom to a particular point in the chorus, should you wish to.

 

Recordings of performances

(a)Youtube

There’s a small selection of recordings on Youtube.   (Search for “Judas Maccabaeus”, and see which you like.)  Most are the full work of over two hours.  However, the Charles Mackerras/English Chamber Orchestra recording is available on Youtube as three separate Parts, which makes finding particular choruses slightly easier.

Part I:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4n8apyzpPI&t=315s

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPNjwWnYDco&t=47s

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb7WaqcLL5E&t=261s

(You may need to skip an ad at the beginning.)

 

Here are the approximate timings of the choruses within these Parts on the Mackerras recording:

 

Part

Chorus title

Page no. in Novello score

Approx. timing

1

Mourn, ye afflicted children

5

7:55

 

For Sion lamentation make

19

17:50

 

O Father, whose almighty power

26

26:22

 

We come in bright array

38

33:00

 

Lead on, lead on

58

48:10

 

Disdainful of danger

64

50:40

 

Hear us, O Lord

78

55.52

2

Fall’n is the foe

88

0:00

 

Hail, Judea, happy land!

115

24:30

 

Ah! wretched Israel

128

34:19

 

Sound an alarm

144

48:05

 

We never will bow down

162

1:03:13

3

See, the conqu’ring hero comes (Youths)

192

14:25

 

See, the conqu’ring hero comes (Virgins)

194

15:17

 

See, the conqu’ring hero comes (Israelites)

195

16:12

 

Sing unto God

197

19:00

 

To our great God

211

27:20

 

Rejoice, O Judah. Hallelujah, Amen

227

40:46

 

(b)To buy

You can, of course, buy (e.g. on Amazon) a CD or a download of the entire oratorio, which lasts well over two hours, and various versions are available. 

 

Recordings of individual choruses, which are more convenient for the purposes of practice, can be purchased as downloads, and you’ll usually get a chance to hear a preview of a section of the relevant chorus before purchasing.  For example on Amazon there’s:

 

The Mackerras/English Chamber Orchestra recording mentioned above:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Chamber-Orchestra-Charles-Mackerras/dp/B0049JJ5DG/ref=sr_1_2?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1513786942&sr=1-2-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=judas+maccabaeus

 

Nicholas McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra/U.C. Berkeley Chamber Chorus:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicholas-McGegan-Berkeley-Philharmonia-Orchestra/dp/B00C3Y8J5Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1513787110&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=judas+maccabaeus+digital+music

 

You can also download individual choruses from the iTunes Store.

 

Useful websites

OUR NEXT CONCERT:

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus

St Mary's Church, Witney

Sat 2nd June 2018 (evening)

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