Antioch (Joy to the world) (Choir, 2 Trumpets) 2/4 version

George Friderick Handel (1685-1759) Adapted by Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
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The music for this Christmas hymn has been credited to Handel, adapted by Lowell Mason, but it seems that Mason adapted a melody found in William Holford's "Voce di Melodia" (c.1834). Perhaps the Handel reference came from the tune's resemblance to "Lift up your heads" in "Messiah".

The hymn is most commonly found in 4/4 time, but many hymnals give it in 2/4, allowing the length of the last note of the first phrase to be shortened. The present arrangement for 2 Trumpets, Choir/Congregation and Organ is available in both time signatures. The Hymnal 1982 uses the 2/4 version and has an additional optional verse, which I have included in the arrangement.

Parts for both Bb and C trumpets are included.

The words can vary in details from one hymnal to another. If you want to use my arrangement but its words are different from your needs please contact me and I will email you an amended PDF.

Score ID
George Friderick Handel (1685-1759) Adapted by Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
Year of arrangement
Isaac Watts
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Choir + keyboard

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