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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The Brave, the Virtuous. When I approach’d him. Thy Country from her Foes. Air Merab “From this unhappy day” I knew he could not live, therefore slew him; Took from his Head the Crown, and from his Arms The Bracelets, and have brought them to my Lord. And know the Worst.

To this Stranger’s wond’ring Eyes let the Prophet Samuel rise! For thee, my Brother Jonathan. Beard sang in Handel’s Italian operas and in most if not all hadnel oratorios. And save the Honour of his Line. He now seeks to kill David, trying to enlist Jonathan in his purpose, but Jonathan puts the duty of friendship before that of filial obedience.

In Age no Diminution know. With thy Peace his Mind inspire.

And melts their Fury down to Love. At the invitation of the son of the Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany, he travelled, into Italy, where he won considerable success during the next four years. What has he done? Music composed by Richard Strauss. Saul’s furious Look, as he libetto hence.


This Disappointment will enrage him more: She the precious Gift receives!

His jealousy of his son-in-law David led the latter hansel take refuge and even to serve the Philistine King of Gath, as Saul mounted expeditions against him. His opportunities to set English texts to music had been more limited; he had spent the years to as composer in residence to the wealthy Duke of Chandos where he had written church anthems and two stage ssaul, Acis and Galatea and Esther ; and had composed vocal music to English words for various royal occasions, including a set of Coronation anthems for George II inwhich had made a huge impact.

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George Frideric Handel Operas. Therefore God this Day hath verify’d my Words.

Chorus and soloists mourn the deaths of the King and his son, and the work concludes with a chorus in the key of C major urging David to lead his country into battle against its enemies. Saul is jealous and fears David’s possible ambition, but, at Michal’s urging, David is persuaded to calm Saul’s disturbed spirits with his harp. He can himself subdue. From this unhappy Day. Saul now gives Merab in marriage to another but is persuaded to receive David again, to whom he offers the hand of Michal, hoping, however, that he may fall victim to the Philistines.


New from the Slaughter of his Enemies. Think, and with ruin, if you can, Such Services repay.

By this the Hero best is known; He can himself subdue. In despair, and though aware it is unlawful, Saul asks the Witch of Endor to raise the ghost of Samuel the prophet.

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Apparition of Samuel and Saul. From Cities storm’d, and Battles won. The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia. Above all Heav’ns, O King, ador’d.

Miss Young possibly Cecilia’s sister, Esther?

Saul (Handel) – Wikipedia

Saul Dar’st thou oppose my Will? On the same page appear two quotations that might be thought to add weight to the work, one, in Greek, from Marcus Aurelius on the nature of virtue, and the other, in Latin, from Cicero on the relation of friendship to virtue. His father opposed his son’s early musical ambitions and ,ibretto his father’s death Handel duly entered the University in Halle in as a student of law, as his lather librettl insisted. Author of Peace, who canst controll.

The Time will come. Whom dost thou seek?