Joy To The World

Composer
George F. Handel
Year of composition
1742
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Other
Instrumentation
String quartet
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This famous Christmas carol uses music adapted from two numbers in "Messiah", first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The text, based on Psalm 98, was written by theologian and poet Isaac Watts in 1719. It was set during the nineteenth century to a conflation of the chorus "Lift up your heads" (Part II) and the accompanied tenor recitative "Comfort ye" (Part I) by the Boston composer and music publisher Lowell Mason.

This arrangement comes with a supplemental third violin part, and an optional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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