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ABOUT THE ORATORIO ARIA
From Messiah, HWV 56, Part II, Scene 1
Voice / Vocal Fach Mezzo/ Alto/ Countertenor
Original key Eb Major
Language English
Composer George Frideric Handel 1685 – 1759
Poet Charles Jennens 1700 – 1773
Range He Was Despised
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He Was Despised, a setting by Charles Jennens, was composed by George Frideric Händel in 1741 and premiered in march 1942. This aria takes place in part II, 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 started composing in English ten years earlier. 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.

He Was Despised is part of Part II of the Messiah, which focuses on the passion of Christ. It is the twenty-third aria of Scene 1 which is centered around Christ’s suffering. The text is a gathering of two different chapters of Isaiah’s book, 53:3 (He Was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief) and 50:6 (He gave his back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting).
This aria depicting the martyr of Christ in the longest of the Messiah. It is a da capo aria (ABA’) built around two contrasted parts. In the first one (A), Handel figures the Savior’s exhaustion with soft sighing motifs at the violin echoing the broken off vocal line. Between each word, rests are written in, giving a sensation of breathlessness and tiredness. In contrast the second part (B)seems to figure violence and pain. The vocal line is agitated while the accompaniment patterns of fast dotted double crotchets seem to illustrate the hits of the smiters.

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