Handel Dixit Dominus Vocal Score
Vocal Scores for Handel's Dixiit Dominus
In 1707, at the age of 22, Händel began his first three-year vist to Rome, and, in spite of his Protestant background, was soon taken up by the cream of Catholic, Italian society. Dixit Dominus, a setting of Psalm 110, was completed in April 1707. It is believed that the choir and other musicians for whom it was commissioned were in the habit of essentially sight-reading their music on the day, and presumably gave Handel the somewhat smug impression that they could do the same with his new work. (There are of course numerous examples of similar things in the pages of musical history - the soloist for whom the Barber Violin Concerto was written famously dismissed the first two movements as insultingly easy, prompting Barber to write a third that said soloist then protested was unplayably difficult.) In Handel's case the story is similar; it is said that he set out to show them who was boss by writing a monstrously difficult (and, it must be said, tiring) work that would put paid to their unprofessional arrogance.
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