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Messiah
(Dublin, April 13, 1742)
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Handel's Performers in Messiah

Vocal soloists in the Dublin Messiah

Mrs. Cibber

alto

Signora Avolio

soprano

Mrs. Maclaine

soprano

Mr. (William) Lamb

alto

Mr. (Joseph) Ward

alto

James Bailey

tenor

John Mason

bass

John Hill

bass

Chorus: 16 men, 16 boys, 3 women (soprano, soprano, alto)


The surviving parts left by Handel to the Foundling Hospital

 

Number of players as
deduced from parts

Players in Foundling Hospital performances, 1758 and 1759

Violin 1 x 3

= 6

6

Violin 2 x 3

= 6

6

Viola x 2

= 4

3

Violoncello x 2

= 4 (2 ‘celli, 2 basses?)

5 (3 'celli, 2 basses)

Oboe 1

= 2

2

Oboe 2

= 2

2

Bassoon x 2

= 4

2

Trumpet

= 2

2 (+ 2 horns)

Drums

= 1

1

Soprano x 4

= 8 (12?)

6 + 1 soloist

Alto x 4

= 8 (12?)

4-5

Tenor x 4

= 8 (12?)

4-5

Bass x 4

= 8 (12?)

4-5

(Note: the "x 3" or "x 4" indicates that three or four performers read from each part.)

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