WHOLE WORKS SECTION The Messiah by Handel

This page is from the site www.singingpractice.co.uk where you can find many more pieces to help you with your choir practice.

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The files accessed from this page contain the accompaniment and vocal parts synthesised on the Roland D20, or on an AWE32 computer sound card. The quality of the result however will depend on the quality of your own sound card and sound system on your computer. The accompaniment is spread evenly across both channels, but the parts are arranged on either the left stereo channel, or, in the case of your part, on the right stereo channel. Thus if you set your stereo balance to the centre you will hear a reasonable balance of all parts. However if you set the balance to the right, you should hear your part dominating. Conversely, if you set the balance to the left, your part should be almost inaudible (for confident singers, who probably don't need this help anyway!)

If you are using stereo headphones the effect can be achieved by offsetting the relevant earpiece so you hear less or no sound from it.

Please note that this is strictly for practice, and you should not expect a particularly pleasant sound, and I am afraid no dynamics.

Sometimes there are solo parts alongside the choral parts. In this case they will always be heard on both channels.

Sometimes before unaccompanied pieces, or pieces starting with no piano intro, to strike the rhythm for the singer, two extra bars are inserted at the beginning. The first bar contains the initial note of the part on each beat of the bar, and the second bar is empty.

Find your voice in the table alongside the piece of music you wish to hear or load down.To hear the midi file played, just click on it. Depending on your browser settings the file may play at once with QuickTime, or with MediaPlayer. Or you may get a pop-up which will offer you the option to "Open" the file, or "Save" it with some warnings about safety. If you only wish to save the file without playing it, its better to right-click and follow the drop-down menu to the "Save" option. In either case, you will be asked to choose where on your computer to place it.

The Messiah by Handel (Choruses only)

Note on Quality - These files have been acquired from the internet, with the balance and instrument sounds adjusted in my preferred manner. However in some cases the notes are foreshortened which gives a "choppy" or staccato effect. This should not be taken as a true representation of note lengths in performance, but it frequently makes the music easier to follow when "note-bashing". In any case many thanks to John of www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk.

Title of Piece ComposerVersions for each part
No 4. And the Glory of the Lord Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 7. And He shall purify Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 9. O Thou that tellest good tidings
(Start 6 bars before chorus, fade at end)
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 12. For unto us a Child is born
(Fade at end)
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 17. Glory to God
(Start 3 bars before chorus)
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 21. His yoke is easy, His burden is light Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 22. Behold the Lamb of God Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 24. Surely He hath borne our griefs Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 25. And with His stripes Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 26. All we like sheep Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 28. He trusted in God Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 33. Lift up your heads Handel Sop 1 Sop 2 Alt Ten Bas
No 35. Let all the Angels of God Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 37. The Lord gave the word Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 39. Their sound is gone out Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 41. Let us break their bonds asunder
(Fade out at end)
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 44. Hallelujah Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 46. Since by Man came death
No. 47. By Man came also
No. 48. For as in Adam all die
No. 49. Even so in Christ
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 54. But thanks be to God Handel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 56. Worthy is the LambHandel Sop Alt Ten Bas
No 57. AmenHandel Sop Alt Ten Bas