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Messiah: He Was Despised (Handel)

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Key of Eb Major
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Messiah: He Was Despised (Handel)


Original Key: Eb Major MP3

A slow, moving aria for alto, Movement 23 of Handel's Messiah, describing Christ's sorrows. Strings gently weep in the accompaniment. As the A section is over five minutes in length, Handel's instructions to continue with a bridge and then repeat the A section in its entirety are rarely followed. This recording ends, like most, at the end of the A section; the bridge is available separately as Spiritrax 1209, "He Gave His Back to the Smiters".

ID: #1208


He was despised and rejected of men,
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.

Recording copyright One Light Music 2009