Posts tagged ‘George Friderich Handel’

January 17, 2016

2016-01-17 Notes from the Bench

“Jesus, Son of Life, My Splendor” by George Frideric Handel

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


The music of George Friederic Handel (1685-1759) represents the “High Baroque” period, the culmination of the development of the baroque style. Handel composed over 600 works including operas, oratorios, anthems, and instrumental music.

The anthem, “Jesus, Son of Life, My Splendor,” is an adaption of a choral movement from Handel’s oratorio, Brockes Passion that uses the chorale melody Schmücke dich. Brockes Passion or Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus (The Story of Jesus, Suffering and Dying for the Sins of the World), is a German oratorio libretto by Barthold Heinrich Brockes. Brockes re-worked the traditional Passion narrative by including events from the four Gospel narratives of Jesus’ suffering and death and adding to that reflective and descriptive poetry. Brockes’s libretto has been set to music by numerous composers of the baroque era.



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