Handel's Oratorio and Concerto Organs: 1732-45

Graham Cummings

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Any detailed information concerning the organs that Handel employed in his London oratorio performances, firstly at the King's Theatre, Haymarket (1732-4) and later at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (1735-7) is scarce. Donald Burrows has observed:

For the instrumental designations that Handel added to the bass lines of his scores, it is apparent that the organ entered the theatre orchestra with the oratorios in 1732... its main task was to support the voices in the choruses. 1
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-131
Number of pages20
JournalBIOS Journal: Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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