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From the description on the British App Store:

The draft score of Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” is one of the greatest musical treasures in the British Library.  Handel established and developed the English oratorio as a musical genre, and “Messiah” is its best known and best loved example.  As only fragmentary sketches survive, this manuscript is the source for Handel’s first known ideas for the work; it also includes many of his alterations for later performances.  It illuminates his working methods and includes performance directions.  It’s detailed dating reveals the composer’s characteristic speed of composition: the work was begun on 22 Augurst and completed just 24 days later on 14 September, 1741. …

This is an eBook Treasures facsimile editon, containing additional interpretative text and selected recordings from “Messiah”.



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