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The Messiah: An Oratorio for Four-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Soli and Piano Paperback – November, 1986


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Anyone attending a Messiah sing-along is most likely to fit in when using this old favorite edition. The musicological work has been superseded by Watkins Shaw's edition for Novello, but his piano reductions are idiosyncratic. This piano-vocal score has no measure numbers or rehearsal figures, but the reduction is pianistic in scope. The choral lines are in smaller type but are workable. The price is of course also highly attractive. Listeners who truly love this work may be interested in the full orchestral score--also at a great price--from Dover, edited by Alfred Mann. --William R. Braun
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc. (November 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793505070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793505074
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Fred Hohlen on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This Schirmer edition of Handel's Messiah is among the better chorus/piano editions I've seen. It maintains loyalty to the original piece, presenting it in the classical format. At the same time, I find the text easy to read, and the overall size of the book to be just right.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is pretty much the standard 'Messiah' piano/vocal score used in America. I've been using a copy of this edition for nigh on twenty years and it's gotten plenty of use; it is sturdy enough that it shows no sign of falling apart. The printing is clear and easy to read. There is no distracting German text as in some editions. The piano reduction is good and fairly easy to play. And the price is certainly right.

Scott Morrison
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Kendrick on December 10, 2007
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Our Chancle Choir preformed excerpts with guest soloist I wanted my own score. The quickness in receiving this was of utmost importance. I was delighted to receive a copy just like the ones purchased by our church. A beautiful score to own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on December 22, 2013
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Last April, I reviewed a brilliant coffee table book, My Ideal Bookshelf, which prompted me to select my own Top-10 list of favorite books.

One treasure on my all-time Top-10 list is The Messiah: An Oratorio, by G.F. Handel. So in this review I’m re-gifting what I shared in my 1984 Christmas card about that poignant experience.

DO-IT-TOGETHER MESSIAH

“Is this seat taken?” I asked, fumbling over his feet in the section marked “B” for basses.

“Nope. Do you sing bass, too? Have you ever done this before? I hope so, because this is my first time,” he laughed nervously.

“Mine too,” I smiled, showing him my mint condition vocal score, all 252 pages. “Good,” I thought, and then worried about who would sit on my left. Probably some pompous virtuoso with bushy raised eyebrows, who would sneer every time I missed a note.

It was almost 7:30 p.m. on this freezing Chicago Friday. The tickets were three bucks a head and over a thousand voices were clearing their throats in the Norris Cultural Arts Center auditorium in St. Charles, Illinois. On stage, the incessant whining and percussion bursts of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra tuned-up for this annual event.

The crowd hushed as polite applause began in the soprano section and then, like a football stadium wave, spread over to us basses, as we honored the arrival of the evening’s four soloists. “Good planning,” I thought, noting that the alto had a red gown and the soprano had chosen a Christmas green formal. The bass and tenor, of course, wore routine tails—with collars that accentuated their double chins, and it seemed to me, prevented full-throated swallowing.

Our celebrity conductor, Margaret Hillis, followed to the thunder of grateful applause.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Randall on August 27, 2007
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The entire MESSIAH , accompaniment, score, voice parts in one managable size format. Paperbound. Hallelujah!!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carl Miner on February 26, 2012
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There was no description on this item, so I read the customer reviews. I thought I was buying a musical score, according to the comments and reviews. Instead what I got was a short, 22-page, 1/8th inch booklet that has nothing more than the bible verses that Handel used. When I came back to the Amazon listing after receiving the booklet, I look closely at the customer comments and see from the link at the top of each that they reference a different product. It appears that the comments for the book I wanted:

http://www.amazon.com/Messiah-Oratorio-Four-Part-Chorus-Soprano/dp/0793505070/ref=cm_cr_pr_orig_subj

are tied to the booklet I got:

http://www.amazon.com/Messiah-George-Frideric-Handel/dp/1619492318/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330322101&sr=1-2

which is a little booklet with a large picture of Handel on the front with blue background coloring on the top and gold on the lower three quarters. So I thought I was getting a musical score and got a short listing of scriptures.

Just make sure you look inside the sample pages so you get what you're expecting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avjeth on October 3, 2010
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This edition of Handel's Messiah is easy to read for both singer and accompanist. It is easy to follow because each voice has its own line. Each aria is listed by voice. The choruses begin on separate pages and the bars are numbered for easy reference for vocalist and choirs to learn. It is a pleasure to use. I have recommended it to others who want to learn the Messiah. It is a permanent part of my library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra J. Current on December 5, 2011
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I have wanted this score for a very long time, as my choir sings portions of 'Messiah' from time to time. It's nice to have my own markings and not try to decipher someone else's interpretation of the what the director expects. Anyways, very clean and perfect. Thanks!
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