‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from Handel’s Messiah Worksheet


Answer the following questions by using the factsheet provided and looking around the museum:

1) How many portraits of Handel can you count in the Bedroom at Handel House?



2) For how many years had Handel lived at 25 Brook Street before composing Messiah? (Look around the Museum to find out when he moved here, you might find out in the London Room)



3) Where in Handel House Museum did Handel compose Messiah?



3a) What floor is this on and can you list 3 things in the room?



4) Who wrote the libretto (words) for Messiah?



4a) Where can you see a portrait of Charles Jennens?



4b) Describe his clothes and his general appearance:



From the fact sheet:

5) Why were more instruments added to the chorus ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ after the premiere in Dublin?



5a) Name these instruments:



6) ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ is the first full chorus in Messiah. How many choruses in total feature in Messiah?



7) How many musical motifs does Handel use in ‘And the Glory of the Lord’?



8) What musical elements make ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ a joyous movement?



9) Between 1742 and 1754 Handel continued to revise and re-work Messiah, why do you think this is?

You decide:

10) Messiah is one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music- In your opinion why do you think this is?



From the fact sheet:

11) Why do most people stand when the ‘’Hallelujah Chorus’’ is performed?



12) In 1754 what permanent disability did Handel suffer?



13) what instruments can be used to create a ‘Basso continuo’?



14) How many Harpsichords can you find in Handel House?



15) What is the difference between a Harpsichord and a piano? Hint: You may learn about this in your composition workshop.