Choral Music

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NINE AMEN AND HALLELUJAH MOVEMENTS, HWV 269-77, George Frideric Handel. Soprano/basso continuo. Bärenreiter BA10256, euro12.95. No one has any idea why these nine movements were composed; there are only conjectures. They have been edited by Stephen Blaut, and the continuo part has been realized by Christoph Harer, following Handel's detailed figured bass. A few might be singable by the choir in unison, but because of both short and extended coloratura sections, most will benefit from just one singer. They are not long, being between 25 and 76 measures, and are welcome additions to synagogue services as well as church services.

DIXIT DOMINUS, HWV 232, George Frideric Handel. Bärenreiter: full score, BA 10704, euro28.95; vocal score, BA 10704-90, euro15.95. One of his most important sacred works, Handel composed Dixit Dominus in Italy at the age of 22. The six choral polyphonic movements resemble 17th-century German choral music. This new edition by Hans-Joachim Marx presents nine movements, reflecting the composer's intentions. A keyboard reduction by Andreas Kòhs appears in the vocal score.

STABAT MATER, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Soprano and alto solos/strings and basso continuo. Bärenreiter: full score BA 7679, euro24.95; vocal score BA 7679-90, euro9.95. Composed shortly before Pergolesi's early death at the age of 26, this work quickly became popular, and even J.S. Bach conducted a German version. This is a beautifully presented urtext edition by Malcolm Bruno and Caroline Ritchie with a piano reduction in the vocal score.

THE HYMN OF KASSIANE, Eleni Traganas. SATB/opt. organ. Artist Pianist Productions, ISBN 9781450786218, $6.95. Available from artistpianist@aol. …