Chorus crescendo in Handel's Messiah
Date: February 24, 2015
I'm working through Messiah as a learning project/future performing material. My undergrad isn't in music so perhaps this is a bit of a novice question. Is it proper performance practice for the chorus in Messiah to make use of a crescendo? If so, to what extent? There are some things I'm audiating but I want to make sure I keep performance practice.
My understanding is that the Baroque era used terraced dynamics almost exclusively. However, Bukofzer in 'Music of the Baroque Era' states that Handel specifically wrote in a decrescendo and anticipated the Mannheim School. Percy Young also advocated the use of crescendos quite regularly.
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