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Music for the King

Handel’s Coronation Anthems & Dettingen Te Deum

This event is made possible by the Cranbourne Foundation.

Michael Strasserbass

Ensemble GombertAccademia Arcadia

directed by John O’Donnell

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):

Coronation Anthems

  1. The king shall rejoice HWV 260
  2. My heart is inditing HWV 261
  3. Let thy right hand be strengthened HWV 259
  4. Zadok the Priest HWV 258

Dettingen Te Deum HWV 283

The four Coronation Anthems are among Handel’s most cherished choral works. They were composed for performance in Westminster Abbey at King George II’s coronation on 11 October 1727, and Zadok the Priest has been sung at every coronation of a British monarch since that time. The Dettingen Te Deum, composed to celebrate British victory in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, is a lesser-known work, but powerful and highly festive, certainly a worthy companion to the Coronation Anthems.

Ensemble Gombert | Accademia Arcadia

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