Music composed by G. F. Handel. Libretto by Charles Jennens, based on 1 Samuel. First Performance: 16 January , King’s/Queen’s. Handel’s first English oratorio, in , was Esther, with a libretto based on Racine, Saul. In July the cancellation of the intended opera season was. Handel Saul Atto 1 Libretto – Download as Text File .txt), PDF File .pdf) or read online.
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HANDEL Saul – libretto
On David, whom thou hatest for his Virtue. Thy choicest Youth on Gilboa slain. For greater is Jehovah’s Might, And will their lawless Force restrain.
David’s efforts are in vain, and the King’s jealousy breaks out into an aria of fury “A serpent, in my bosom warm’d”, which suddenly and unexpectedly breaks off as the King hurls his javelin at David, depicted in the music by descending octaves in the strings. Act three opens with a powerful and dramatic  accompanied recitative for King Saul as he seeks advice from lubretto Witch of Endor.
Has Qualities which Justice bids me love. A Loss too great to be surviv’d! David and Jonathan leave together. ByHandel was experiencing some difficulty in maintaining support for his Italian opera seasons in London and he collaborated for the libretgo time with Charles Jennens, a wealthy landowner and lover of the arts, who also provided the ssaul for Messiah and other oratorios of Handel.
Your just Commands I always have obey’d: The tragedy in the oratorio is of Saul, and deals chiefly with his envy and his final defeat and death after earlier greatness.
The Madness of his angry Mind! The Great Jehovah is my Shield. What Mortal a Rival in Glory can bear? Witch Woman of Endor Alas!
Eagles were not so swift as they. O let it not in Gath be heard. Thy Patience cannot fail: Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos, Oper with a prologue and one librrtto. I take, but must refuse your Praise: The first name of the countertenor Russell, who sang David, remains unknown. Air Saul “A serpent, in my bosom warm’d” Myself am now reduc’d to ask the Counsel Of those I once abhorred! Dr Johnson may have seen fit to describe Jennens as an English ‘Solyman the Magnificent’, but he was, nevertheless, a man of taste and handep.
Recitative David,Jonathan “Oh, strange vicissitude” And headlong drove that impious Crew. Is there a Man, who all his Ways.
Saul received a performance in Dublin under Handel’s direction “by special request” in Ever wakes for their Defence. He vouchsafes No Answer to the Sons of Disobedience! The lament on the death of Saul and Jonathan, biblically and more usually in the oratorio given to David, has here been divided between those with reason to lament, the High Priest, Merab and Michal, as well as Handdl himself. Synopsis CD l The oratorio Saul calls for a dozen soloists and chorus, with an orchestra of pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons and trumpets, three trombones, timpani, carillon, harp, organ, harpsichord and strings.
Jennens wrote Saulan original English text based on Biblical characters, especially designed to provide opportunities for the sort of music Handel composed. He thought me worthy of his Daughter’s Love. A high priest predicts David will win future victories and the Israelites urge him to restore their kingdom.
A Victim to the Rage of Soul. Yet, O hard Fate! The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel. But wing’d with Death his Arrow flew. Scene the Third Saul and Jonathan. With more than Human Pride. Impious Wretch, of Race accurst! It is to rouse a Monarch’s Anger!