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Oratorios, London, And Winchester College

This week, necessity is the mother of a new vocal genre.

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Winchester College Chapel, Hampshire

London’s musical world during the seventeenth century revolved around vocal music. Henry Purcell and his contemporaries dabbled in opera, stage music, and sacred music. Italian opera was the most frequented, but English audiences soon got sick of listening to music in a language they couldn’t understand. So composers such as George Frideric Handel had to create a new kind of vocal music in England. Handel premiered his oratorio, Messiah, in 1742 and it’s been a crowd favorite ever since.

Music Heard On This Episode

George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest
Quiristers of Winchester College/Choir of The King’s Consort/Robert King — Music From the Courts of Europe - London (Cala Records, 1998)
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George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest
Quiristers of Winchester College/Choir of The King’s Consort/Robert King — Music From the Courts of Europe - London (Cala Records, 1998)
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Henry Purcell: O Sing unto the Lord
Quiristers of Winchester College/Choir of The King’s Consort/Robert King — Music From the Courts of Europe - London (Cala Records, 1998)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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