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Sheet Music: He Shall Feed His Flock

TitleHe Shall Feed His Flock
from Messiah
Alternate titlesHe Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd
Opus numberHWV 56
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyF major
RangeC4–G5
Time signature12/8
Tempo38 BPM
Performance time6:00
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (149 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (14 kB) MP3 (5.1 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (11 kB) MP3 (5.1 MB)
Date added2011-04-03
Last updated2011-04-03
CategoriesArias, Baroque, Christmas carols, Easter music, Oratorios

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Sunday 3 April 2011

Tune of the Day: He Shall Feed His Flock

from Handel's “Messiah”, arranged for flute and piano

This gentle, flowing double aria for alto and soprano is taken from Handel's celebrated oratorio Messiah. In the original setting, the alto sings the first half in F major, and then the soprano takes over in B-flat for the second half. This simple and beautiful aria is appropriate for Easter, Christmas or any sacred concert or service focusing on the figure of the Messiah.

It is speculated that the first portion of the melody is based on a 17th-century Italian carol, “Canzone d'i zampognari”.

Thanks to Nada for suggesting this piece!

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