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Vespers - Carmelite Vespers - The Roman Vespers of 1707

Vespers - Carmelite Vespers - The Roman Vespers of 1707

The Handel Vespers is a composite work, which means that it is a collection of various separate works by Handel, which experts believe to be composed for a special Vespers service at the Carmelite Church of Santa Maria di Monte Santo in Rome in July 1707. There is no definitive title for this collection of works, however the following are commonly used.

Vespers - Carmelite Vespers - The Roman Vespers of 1707 :

  • Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) HWV232
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (Psalm 112) HWV237
  • Nisi Dominus (Psalm 127) HWV238
  • Te Decus Virgineum - Antiphon HWV243
  • Haec est Regina Virginium - Antiphon HWV235
  • Saeviat tellus inter rigores - Motet HWV240
  • Salve Regina HWV241

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For the Choir all three of the following

  • Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) HWV232
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (Psalm 112) HWV237
  • Nisi Dominus (Psalm 127) HWV238

are suppled with

  • The chosen voice parts highlighted on piano with orchestral accompaniment
  • All the choral parts played together on piano with the accompaniment *
  • All the Choral parts played on wind instruments with the Accompaniment *

* This is included when you purchase any voice part, as the Bonus Download.


Accompaniment for the complete work including the solos.

  • Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) HWV232
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (Psalm 112) HWV237
  • Nisi Dominus (Psalm 127) HWV238
  • Te Decus Virgineum HWV243
  • Haec est Regina Virginium HWV235
  • Saeviat tellus inter rigores HWV240
  • Salve Regina HWV241

With recordings available in the following ways

  • A recording is for CHOIR and SOLOISTS. It has all the vocal parts adapted to wind instruments with the orchestration. The soloist can hear their melody with the orchestration
  • A recording is for CHOIR and SOLOISTS. It has absolutely NO help for choir or soloist. It is as the orchestra would play it.

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Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir Soprano 1
Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir Alto
Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir Tenor
Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir Bass
Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir SATB Together
Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir Accompaniment with assistance
Dominus a dextris tuis - Choir Accompaniment without assistance
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir Soprano 1
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir Alto
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir Tenor
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir Bass
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir SATB Together
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir Accompaniment with assistance
Quis sicut Dominus - Choir Accompaniment without assistance
Qui habitare - Solo Soprano - Accompaniment with assistance
Qui habitare - Solo Soprano - Accompaniment without assistance


Sections
  • (Overture - in some editions) from HWV233
     
  • Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) HWV232
    • Dixit Dominus (Chorus and Soli)
    • Virgam virtutis (Alto Aria)
    • Tecam principium (Soprano Aria)
    • Juravit Dominus (Chorus)
    • Tu es sacerdos (Chorus)
    • Dominus a dextris (Chorus and Soli)
    • De torrente (Chorus and Soli)
    • Gloria Patri (Chorus)
       
  • Te Decus Virgineum HWV243 (Alto Solo)
     
  • Laudate pueri Dominum (Psalm 112) HWV237
    • Laudate pueri Dominum (Chorus and Solo)
    • Sit nomen Domini (Soprano Aria)
    • A solis ortu (Chorus)
    • Excelsus super omnes (Soprano Aria)
    • Quis sicut (Chorus)
    • Suscitans a terra (Soprano Aria)
    • Qui habitare (Soprano Aria)
    • Gloria Patri (Chorus and Solo)
       
  • Nisi Dominus (Psalm 127) HWV238
    • Nisi Dominus (Chorus and Soli)
    • Vanum, vanum (Tenor Aria)
    • Cum dederit (Alto Aria)
    • Sicut sagitae (Bass Aria)
    • Beatus vir (Tenor Aria)
    • Gloria Patri (Double Chorus)
       
  • Haec est Regina Virginium HWV235 (Soprano Solo)
     
  • Saeviat tellus inter rigores HWV240
    • Saeviat tellus inter rigores (Soprano Aria)
    • Carmrlitarum ut confirmet ordinem (Soprano Recitative)
    • O nox dulcis (Soprano Aria)
    • Stelle fide (Soprano Aria)
    • Sub tonte Virginis tutela (Soprano Recitative)
    • Alleluia (Soprano Aria)
       
  • Salve Regina HWV241
    • Salve Regina (Soprano Aria)
    • Ad te clamamus (Soprano Aria)
    • Eia, eia (Soprano Aria)
    • O clemens (Soprano Aria)
       
  • (Sonata - in some editions) from HWV46a

Notes about the work.

Whether the works were intended for the first Vespers on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or the second Vespers on the day itself (July 16) remains a mystery. The various editions provide the works above in a varying order. We have tried to follow the order of most editions, following the liturgical sequence. It is important to note that parts of the liturgy including the Magnificat. are sung in plainsong, and are outside the scope of our recordings. We have focused on Handel's compositions alone for this service. It should be noted that Handel provided little ornamentation in this work, most ornamentation is editorial, and we have tried to be loyal to Handel's ornamentation only.

The Psalms are often sung individually as each is a work in their own right. This work comprises some of Handel's most beautiful music, however the text in some of the solos is specific to the Carmelite Order.

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