• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain how Handel achieves a sense of majesty in his setting of The King Shall Rejoice.

Extracts from this document...


Explain how Handel achieves a sense of majesty in his setting of The King Shall Rejoice. There are many factors that come together in Handel's The King Shall Rejoice to create majesty. This essay will include such musical aspects as; style and influences, texture, rhythm, the texts used, melody and instrumentation. There are five movements within Handel's The King Shall Rejoice; this essay will include examples from each movement. Handel achieves a powerful and bright opening at the start of the first movement through a strong and steady tempo. The music is in four four time; this common time signature helps to emphasize the vocal line and the majesty of the words. The key signature of D major is used as the tonic from the start of the first movement; this key conotates strength, happiness, positivity and majesty. Handel has many influences, mostly European. The influences that we can see coming through in Handel's The King Shall Rejoice to create majesty are, Italian, French and English. The sense of the dramatic in Handel's The King Shall Rejoice is an Italian influence on the piece. Italian opera was renown for being dramatic and Handel incorporates this device successfully into his music. The dotted quaver and semi quaver rhythmic motif that keeps appearing all the way through the five moments is an example of a French influence on Handel. ...read more.


A good example of this is in bars thirty-six, thirty-seven and thirty-eight of the first movement. This is used to emphasis important words in the text, 'rejoice' in this case, and also to convey the right feeling. The quaver runs used in the alto two part, tenor, and bass make us not only hear the emphasis on the word rejoice, but feel like rejoicing. In much the same way, melismatic writing emphasizes syllables as they are held over many notes, an example of this is in bar forty-two of the first movement. Ornamentations such as trills are an example of virtuoso writing. They decorate the music and make it grander to emphasize the majesty of the occasion. Trills can also add to the tension of a passage of music, if the phrase is building up to a climax this can be aided by the use of trills. Suspensions and Anticipations in the music also add to the tension, drama and majesty of the piece, an example of a suspension is in bar thirty-seven and thirty-eight of the second movement. The rhythms used in the music can communicate emotions from the composer. For example in the second movement, Exceeding Glad Shall He Be, Dance rhythms are used to tell us what a happy joyful and dance worthy occasion this crowning is! ...read more.


The thin texture in the second movement allows the continuo group to be heard clearly and contrasts well to give a different, but still majestic feel to the second movement. In the third movement (Glory And Great Worship) the texture is homophonic; this conveys majesty, glory and a sense of the magnificent. Colouratura is used in the first three bars; the scalic ascending patterns in the strings not only embellish the D major chord, but also represent the King rising to heaven. At the end of the third movement the last two bars are Adagio, to proclaim majesty in the end of the movement. As well as this, the movement finishes on a Phrygian cadence which sets the stage for the tonic minor (B minor) used in the fourth movement. The fourth movement (Thou Hast Prevented Him With The Blessings Of Goodness) is in the tonic minor, B minor, the only minor mode movement in the anthem. This movement has a fugal and often contrapuntal texture, an example of this is in bars twenty-three and twenty-four of the fourth movement. In the fifth movement (Alleluia) the texture is thick and contrapuntal, this heralds the end of the anthem and accentuates the name of the movement 'Alleluia', this word, meaning 'praise the lord' has a double meaning; the audience is encouraged to both praise god and praise the king. The word is repeated through out the movement for effect and emphasis of the majesty of the occasion and importance of the word. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. How does Jacques Loussier’s interpretation of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor differ from ...

    There are many points in the piece that are uncharacteristic of Bach, which lends itself to suggest that the arrangement for organ may have been by another hand12. An example of this is the subject appearing as a pedal solo in bar 109, the only one to be found in Bach's fugues.

  2. Could you please tell me the popular 'Adavu's' names, how many steps are in ...

    A temple is created wherever the devotee communicate with the God. This can range from the little shrine in the home to any communal setting, like a performance where the God is present. Throughout the world, fine art is associated with religion but nowhere is this more apparent than in

  1. An Evaluation of the Marketing Strategy of Nestl Yorkie Chocolate Bars.

    The Packaging Yorkie's packaging for Original Yorkie is dark blue with the word Yorkie in gold/yellow writing. This is quite attractive and works well for the product. The bar stands out quite well against other bars on the shelves because the packaging is quite shiny.

  2. The Life of G.F. Handel

    Then there's Francesco Geminiani, which was a student of Corelli's (Carlin 59). Unlike the previously mentioned composers, Geminiani was a soloist choosing to play the violin. The man responsible for teaching G.F. Handel how to play the keyboard and compose was Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau, who was an extraordinary musician himself.

  1. The impact of California Smoking Bar Banned to the bar owners in Orange County.

    the given results were different, which mean that some people agree with the law, others diagree. Interestingly, teens, as a first sampling group, are still have the highly degree of disagree to the law, because of their own thinking in terms of traditional rite.

  2. What features of Handel's The King Shall Rejoice have made the anthem so memorable ...

    One of the major selling points of Handel's music is his excellent use of textural contrast. For example, at bar 13 the continuo drops out letting the oboes and violins crescendo (using motif Z) to the first entry of the trumpets and the re-entry of the continuo at 15.

  1. The stimulus we were given for our drama piece was a painting by Paula ...

    joined groups and as a result we would enhance the texture and timbre of the overall piece. We combined the initial ideas from both our pieces and then adjusted it and developed these ideas further. As we merged our groups quite late in the stages of the time assigned for

  2. French Flute Music between 1935 and 1955: Varèse, Messiaen and Jolivet

    An important point regarding bird song is that it defies western conceptions regarding pitch, since, in general it is not comprised of a succession of steady identifiable pitches, which can be notated on the staff, but rather include a variety of microtonal inflections, which not only affect pitch, but also the general timbre, defying western notation.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work