Essay on A Section Of The Handel 's Saul

811 Words Sep 27th, 2016 4 Pages
In a section of the Handel’s Saul, adapted from the Hebrew Bible, comes a struggle for superiority between two people: David and Saul. During a big fight called the Battle of Philistines, David the leader of Israel’s side fights against the Philistines. David defeats the Philistines by using a slingshot to kill the leader with a slingshot as opposed to a sharp weapon such as an arrow or a sword. He also has slain ten thousands while Saul has only slain thousands. Saul sees David’s success as a threat to his confidence causing him to develop a feeling of antagonism towards him.
Saul has an angry reaction towards the Chorus of Israelites’ dramatic singing about David’s success. It is about the aforementioned fact that David has slain ten thousands while Saul has only slain thousands. They quickly and quietly sing about Saul killing thousands before getting to the most significant line. It goes “ten thousand praises are his (referring to David) due! (Handel, 22, 1:09-1:30)” as it is sung three times unlike the other lines that are each sung once. For every repeat, the choir sings louder. Right after the choir, Saul sings a short accompagnato about his reaction to their lines. It starts off with “What do I hear? (Handel, 23, 0:01-0:04)” Then, he sings “Am I then sunk so low to have this upstart boy preferred before me? (Handel, 23, 0:04-0:25)” A little later, he sings “With rage I shall burst his praises to hear! Oh, how I both hate the stripling, and fear! (Handel, 26,…

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