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Composer: George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (b. Halle, Germany, 1685; d. London, England, 1759) became a musician and composer despite objections from his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. Handel studied music with Zachau, organist at the Halle Cathedral, and became an accomplished violinist and keyboard performer. He traveled and studied in Italy for some time and then settled permanently in England in 1713. Although he wrote a large number of instrumental works, he is known mainly for his Italian operas, oratorios (including Messiah, 1741), various anthems for church and royal festivities, and organ concertos, which he interpolated into his oratorio performances. He composed only three hymn tunes, one of which (GOPSAL) still appears in some modern hy… Go to person page >

Arranger: Wm. Dressler

Prof. William Dressler was born in Nottingham, England and his father was at one time court flutiest to the King of Saxony. Mr. Dressler was graduated from the Cologne Conservatory of Music in 1847. Shortly after, he was first violinist of the Opera House in Wiesbaden and then became conductor. He came to this country in the early fifties as solo pianist and accompanist to Ole Bull. After traveling several seasons with concert companies Mr. Dressler settled in New York and devoted himself to teaching, playing in churches and composing. He was a former choirmaster and organist of the Fourth Avenue Presbyterina Church. He played in other churches, among them St. Charles Borromeo’s, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic in Brooklyn, and St.… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Arranger: Wm. Dressler
Incipit: 55432 17123 52231
Key: G Major
Source: "The Messiah" (arr. from)
Copyright: Public Domain



Organ Solo

  • How Great Our Joy: Christmas Medleys for Organ
    Composer/Editor Dick Torrans
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1995) pp. 51

Organ Solo: With Optional Instrument(s)

  • Organ Noel: Arrangements for Christmas with Optional Instrumental Solos
    Composer/Editors Albin C. Whitworth; Lyndell Leatherman
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1984) pp. 24

Piano Solo

  • Keyboard Selections from the Messiah: Solos and Duets for Piano or Harpsichord
    Composer/Editor Myra Schubert
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2001) pp. 34


Instances (1 - 15 of 15)
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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #180

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Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #135

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Elmhurst Hymnal #141

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Fellowship Hymns #112

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High School Hymnal #108

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Hymnal for American Youth #127

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Hymns of Worship and Service #129b

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Hymns of Worship and Service #129b

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Life-Time Hymns #132

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School and College Hymnal #108

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The Hymnal of Praise #102

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The New Laudes Domini #391

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The School Hymnal #277

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