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Sing unto God 'Wedding Anthem for Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta'
composer
first performed 27 April 1736
author of text
Psalms 68, 106 and 128

Recordings
'Handel: Music for royal occasions' (CDA66315)
Handel: Music for royal occasions
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Movement 1: Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth
Movement 2: Blessed are all they that fear the Lord
Movement 3: Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine
Movement 4: Lo, thus shall the man be blessed
Movement 5: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
Movement 6: And let the people say, Amen

Sing unto God 'Wedding Anthem for Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta'
The anthem Sing unto God was written in 1736 for the wedding in the German Chapel at St James’s Palace of Prince Frederick (the Prince of Wales) and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Coburg on April 27, Handel took his text from Psalms 68, 106 and 128. Once again the libretto gave him ample scope for a variety of moods: the grand opening uses chorus, full orchestra (including timpani) and an alto soloist, with an important part for a solo trumpeter. The soprano soloist is given a movement (‘Blessed are all they that fear the Lord’) underpinned with a typically cheerful walking bass, and the bass soloist and an obbligato cello have a particularly lyrical setting of ‘Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine’. The Chapel Royal obviously had a particularly fine tenor on call for the service; the soloist is given some demanding passage-work before the chorus (and the return of the trumpets and timpani) end the work with typical Handelian energy and grandeur.

from notes by Robert King 1989

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Details for CDA66315 track 19
Lo, thus shall the man be blessed
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ISRC
GB-AJY-89-31519
Duration
1'46
Recording date
25 May 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Handel: Music for royal occasions (CDA66315)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: February 1989
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