Joy to the World

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759): Joy to the World.

Joy to the World is one of the most popular Christmas carols in English-speaking countries. His lyrics, written by the English Isaac Watts (1719), is the adaptation of Psalm 98, while the melody is based on the Händel’s oratorio The Messiah, specifically in the incipit of Lift up your heads, scene 3 of the second part, and in Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, scene 1 of the first part. The most widespread arrangement today is that of the American composer Lowell Mason, who published it in 1828 as “arranged by Händel”. Currently there are doubts about this attribution, although the use of Händel’s musical material is very evident.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi.

Joy to the World

Karaoke.

Sarabande for recorder and piano (Händel)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759): Sarabande.

From the Harpsichord Suite in D minor HWV 437.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Händel: Zarabanda en re menor, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Version for two recorders.

Scenes from Barry Lyndon

From the soundtrack of the 1975 Stanley Kubrick’s movie.

Water Music

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759): Water Music.

Alla hornpipe, 2nd movement from Suite No.2 HWV 349.

Transcription for two recorders by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Música acuática, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Water Music: Alla Hornpipe

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman.

Sarabande for two recorders (Händel)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759): Sarabande.

From the Harpsichord Suite in D minor HWV 437.

Transcription for two recorders by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Zarabanda a dos flautas, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Version for recorder and piano.

Sarabande and two variations

René Pérez Torres harpsicord, summer 2009.