Handle’s Messiah Scripture References

The following is a chart of the references of Handle’s Messiah to the corresponding scriptures.  A text version is shown after the graphic, with HTML links to the verses involved.

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Part Order Performer Reference
I 1  Sinfonia (Overture) (None)
I 2  Tenor Recitative  Isaiah 40:1-3
I 3  Tenor Air  Isaiah 40:4
I 4  Chorus  Isaiah 40:5
I 5  Bass Recitative  Haggai 2:6,7; Malachi 3:1
I 6  Bass Air  Malachi 3:2
I 7  Chorus  Malachi 3:3
I 8  Alto Recitative  Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
I 9  Alto Air and Chorus  Isaiah 40:9; Isaiah 60:1
I 10  Bass Recitative  Isaiah 60:2,3
I 11  Bass Air  Isaiah 9:2
I 12  Chorus  Isaiah 9:6
I 13  Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) (None)
I 14  Soprano Recitative  Luke 2:8,9
I 15  Soprano Recitative  Luke 2:10,11
I 16  Soprano Recitative  Luke 2:13
I 17  Chorus  Luke 2:14
I 18  Soprano Air  Zechariah 9:9,10
II 19  Alto Recitative  Isaiah 35:5,6
II 20  Alto Air  Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:28, 29
II 21  Chorus  Matthew 11:30
II 22  Chorus  John 1:29
II 23  Alto Air  Isaiah 53:3; Isaiah 50:6
II 24  Chorus  Isaiah 53:4,5
II 25  Chorus  Isaiah 53:5
II 26  Chorus  Isaiah 53:6
II 27  Chorus  Psalm 22:8
II 28  Soprano Recitative  Psalm 69:20
II 29  Soprano Air  Lamentations 1:12
II 30  Tenor Recitative  Isaiah 53:8
II 31  Tenor Air  Psalm 16:10
II 32  Chorus  Psalm 24:7-10
II 33  Tenor Recitative  Hebrews 1:5
II 34  Chorus  Hebrews 1:6
II 35  Bass Air  Psalm 68:18
II 36  Chorus  Psalm 68:11
II 37  Duetto for 2 Alto Solos and Chorus  Romans 10:15
II 38  Chorus (Not sung in the original performance)  Romans 10:18
II 39  Bass Air  Psalm 2:1,2
II 40  Chorus  Psalm 2:3
II 41  Tenor Recitative  Psalm 2:4
II 42  Tenor Air  Psalm 2:9
II 43  Chorus  Revelation 19:6, 11:15, 19:16
III 44  Soprano Air  Job 19:25, 26; 1 Corinthians 15:20
III 45  Chorus  1 Corinthians 15:21, 22
III 46  Bass Recitative  1 Corinthians 15:51, 52
III 47  Bass Air  1 Corinthians 15:52, 53
III 48  Alto Air  1 Corinthians 15:54
III 49  Duetto for Alto and Tenor  1 Corinthians 15:55, 56
III 50  Chorus  1 Corinthians 15:57
III 51  Alto Air  Romans 8:31, 33, 34
III 52  Chorus  Revelation 5:12, 13

 

 

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