George Frideric Handel was always the composer of the grand gesture. Having ingratiated himself with London’s upper class and royalty—King George I insisted on two reprises of Water Music as he rode triumphantly down the Thames—it made sense that he would be the choice to provide new music for the coronation of George II in Westminster Abbey in 1727.
The Four Coronation Anthems are the epitome of British regal panoply, filled with elegant pomp and circumstance, trumpets and drums to the fore. His 1707 setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus, written when he was a mere 22 years of age, wowed the musical community of Rome with its audacious virtuosity, a challenge to soloists, choir and instrumentalists alike.
Come and enjoy the royal and the exuberant Handel!
(Text from the Musica Orbium website)
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3 p.m.
1201, rue de la Visitation
Montréal (métro Beaudry)