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Messiah
(Dublin, April 13, 1742)
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Chorus: "He trusted in God that He would deliver him"

This is a chorus whose structure is that of a fugue, hence it is a fugue chorus. In a fugue, a melody (the "subject"), is introduced by each voice in turn (that introduction of all voices is called the "exposition" of the fugue); after the exposition, appearances of the fugue subject in various keys and various voices alternates with musical sections ("episodes") not based on the subject.

B= bass voices sing the subject
T= tenor voices sing the subject
A= alto voices sing the subject
S= soprano voices sing the subject

ep = episode, a section of music where the complete subject is not present.

Letters in parentheses indicate that this voice sings only the beginning of the subject (a "false entry").

The shape of "He trusted in God":