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Details

Dorchester Abbey
High Street
Dorchester on Thames
Oxfordshire
OX10 7HH
England


Programme

George Frideric HandelAlexander's Feast, HWV 75

Performers

Jeremy Boughton – Director / organ

The Thames Consort

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Programme Note

Handel's dramatic and colourful work for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, choir and orchestra was written for London in 1736; the great success of this ode encouraged Handel to move from writing Italian operas to English oratorios.

The libretto is based on a poem by John Dryden, and tells of a great banquet held by Alexander the Great and his mistress Thais to celebrate his defeat of the Persian king, Darius. Alexander's bard, Timotheus, is able by his singing to move Alexander to various emotions until finally he incites him to burn Persepolis down in revenge for his dead Greek soldiers. Finally St Cecilia descends and lifts the mood from barbarity to a higher plane.

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