Handel — Zadok the Priest

About the piece

Magnificent, mighty and majestic, a piece for a special celebratory occasion. Handel wrote Zadok the Priest for the coronation of King George II in 1727. Amazingly the piece has been performed at the coronation service of every British monarch ever since, even our current Queen. The words are taken from the King James Bible. The music was written for a chamber orchestra, often used in the Baroque era, as well as a big choir.

About the composer

George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685 and died in England in 1759. As a young man, he sought to learn everything he could about music so he travelled through Germany and Italy, studying and working along the way. He eventually settled in London where he became a brilliant and very famous opera composer. Then, through an incredible set of circumstances, one of his old German employers became King of England and gave Handel a job as his very own composer!

George Frideric Handel on the Ten Pieces website

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