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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Novello & Company (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853602115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853602118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must have for your choral music library!
Gregory Roberson
This is a very scholarly edition of Handel's Messiah that includes several alternate versions of Recitatives and Arias grouped at the back of the score.
Mozart Club
This score is well-edited, and the print is easy to read.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Roberson on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
After many readings and performances from other editions, the Watkins Shaw edition stands out as being the most authoritative and being the closest to the original score with most, if not all, of Handel's original markings. Having studied both Schirmer and Oxford editions, this edition has the most to offer the true musical purist, especially from an accompanimental standpoint. The six page preface is extremely helpful in pinpointing performance notes to exacting ornamentation to accurate rhythmic interpretations. A must have for your choral music library!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This very fine edition is perfectly suitable for the listener wishing to follow along to a recording or a performance (why people do this at a live performance, I do not know). But it is also a very affordable vocal score for performance.

It has several advantages. First, the printing is clear and easy to read. Second, the keyboard accompaniment isn't simply for a rehearsal pianist. It provides an organist a quite usable arrangement and the rehearsal pianist guidance as to what to play and what can be left out. Third, it doesn't have German that one has to ignore as one finds in other editions.

I have had my copy for many years and used it more than most folks ever will use theirs. Yes, I did find it useful to put some clear plastic covering on and had to re-glue the spine once. But that is trivial for the use it has provided me.

Strongly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Fensterman on August 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This revised choral score of Handel's famous MESSIAH is destined to become the performance standard. This new edition carefully revises and collates the different manuscripts of the famous score, and gives the performer a
version closest to what Handel intended. Watkins Shaw's scrupulous editing and copious and helpful notes, and the easy-to-read printing make this a must for the serious musician.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Audrey2010 on January 12, 2011
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This publlication of Handel's Messiah provides a useful layout for the layman chorister - it separates the "Recitatives and Chorus" by numbers for ready access. The volume may be bound with a cover at a local reproduction center like Staples or OfficeMax. Excellent price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jodycake on January 31, 2011
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I'm an avid Messiah lover, not performer. I can't vouch for this score's historical accuracy or the difficulty of the accompaniment, but I can say that it's in an easy to read format and all the parts are easy to follow. It's come in handy at Messiah sing-a-longs, both in my own living room where I'm the only participant and at actual concerts with other people. It's inexpensive, sturdy and perfectly adequate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Bagarino on December 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a choir student who just learned Messiah for the first time, I found this edition a wonderful work. It is not only a pleasure for Messiah purists (see review below) but also for those newly introduced to Handel's work. I loved using the Watkins Shaw Edition so much!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reagans Mom on January 1, 2014
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We at ReagansMom.Com LLC used this edition of the Messiah in teaching accompanist 4-part sight reading and rehearsal skills. The edition is readable and clear for the trained musician to read effortlessly. We can endorse the Soprano line for having a minimum of difficult page turns. Enjoy this timeless masterpiece! Thank you, Amazon.com, for the ease of availability for musicians.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice E on August 19, 2011
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I have ordered a number of Messiah Choral scores from Amazon, and each time they have arrived within the expected time frame, well-packed and in tip-top condition. The price is extremely reasonable, even with postage and handling, and it's a pleasure to sing in a massed choir from such an easily-readable score!
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