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ABOUT THE ORATORIO ARIA
From Messiah, HWV 56, Part I, Scene 2
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano/ Mezzo/ Alto/ Countertenor
Original key D minor
Language English
Composer George Frideric Handel 1685 – 1759
Poet Charles Jennens 1700 – 1773
Range But who may abide
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But who may abide , a setting by Charles Jennens, was composed by George Frideric Händel in 1741 and premiered in march 1942. This aria takes place in part I, scene 2 of the Messiah.

Handel had been living in England for almost three decades when he decided to compose the Messiah in 1741. Until then, he had mostly written Italian operas and had only just started composing in English. Written in twenty-four days, the oratorio was premiered six months later in Dublin. Despite the king’s satisfaction (he even, stood up during the Alleluia to express his admiration), the oratorio had to face scandal, as many believed it to be inappropriate music for contemplation and prayer. It became a huge success in London only years ‘after, around 1750.
The Messiah is divided in three different parts: the first part focuses on the annunciation of Jesus Christ and his birth, the second one on Christ’s passion, resurrection and ascension, the third and last one on the promise of redemption for human kind. Often, the Messiah is performed around Christmas, but it can frequently be played around Easter time too.
In Handel’s first versions, the orchestration was built around strings, trumpets and timpani. He later rewrote it for violin, viola, basso continuo, oboe, bassoon, timpani.
But who may abide is part of Part I, which focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ. This aria can be found for the first time in the Messiah version of 1750 (intended for the castrato Gaetano Guadagni), Handel previously, having chosen to set the text as a recitative. It is the second number of scene 2, which deals with the apparition of God.
In the previous aria, “Thus said the lord”, set on the words of the prophet Malachi, God is said to suddenly come to his temple. But who may abide continues the prophecy of Malachi. The aria is built around two parts. At first, it opens to an open question full of trembling expectation. The vocal line is rested on a slow adagio accompaniment, suggesting the expectation and hope through legato regular phrasing. As the text “For He is like a refiner’s fire’’ is stated, the tempo shifts dramatically to Prestissimo. The vocal line become highly virtuosic with forceful downward runs emphasizing the power of the Lord. This second part is followed by the return of the adagio section and a prestissimo postlude conclusion.

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