Zadok the Priest (George Frideric Handel)

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Vocal scores

  • (Posted 2008-11-12) }CPDL #18246:  Network.png
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-11-12).   Score information: A4, 19 pages, 191 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SSAATBB with separate PDFs for organ or piano accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2004-06-25)  CPDL #07325:  Network.png
Editor: Jurriaan Grootes (submitted 2004-06-25).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 232 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SSAATBB version, with unrealized continuo.
  • (Posted 2001-04-25) CPDL #02543:  Network.png
Editor: Oliver Nicolson (submitted 2001-04-25).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 408 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: 4 part SATB version arr. by Oliver Nicolson, with fully realised organ continuo.

Full score

  • (Posted 2009-10-09)  CPDL #18118:     
Editor: Alessandro Magagnin (submitted 2008-09-30).   Score information: A4, 21 pages, 324 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2005-12-29) CPDL #10522:      (Sibelius 3) (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2005-12-29).   Score information: A4, 22 pages, 391 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Sibelius 4 file is derived from the above Sibelius 3 file, PDF and MIDI derived from the latter. MIDI file is 98 KB, both Sibelius files are 61 KB in size.

Instrumental parts

  • (Posted 2020-06-03)  CPDL #59032:     
Editor: Gary D. Cannon (submitted 2020-06-03).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Instrumental part for continuo organ, with figured bass.
  • (Posted 2006-01-17) CPDL #10787:    (Title page to the compendium of instrumental parts)
Separate Sibelius 3 files: Oboes 1:   Oboe 2:  , Bassoons 1:   Bassoons 2:  , Trumpets 1:  , Trumpets 2   Trumpet 3:  , Timpani: , Violins 1:  , Violins 2:  , Violin 3:  , Viola:  , Violoncello:  , Double bass:  .
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-01-17).   Score information: Letter, 37 pages, 378 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: All parts are complete except for the continuo; the vocal score by Oliver Nicolson has a organ part that will almost certainly suffice. Many thanks are due to John Henry Fowler for giving up his time to create the PDF of these parts and the corresponding full score.

General Information

Title: Zadok the Priest
Coronation Anthem Nº 1
Catalogue Number: HWV 258
Composer: George Frideric Handel

Number of voices: 7-4vv   Voicings: SSAATBB or SATB, arrangement by Oliver Nicolson; see CPDL #2543 above.
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Chamber orchestra - 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 trumpets, timpani, 3 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass, and organ continuo

Composed 1727
First published: 1743 in Coronation Anthems, no. 1
    2nd published:
Description: Composed in 1727 for the coronation of King George II of England.

External websites:

  • Free choir training aids for this work are available at Choralia.

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Zadok, the Priest, and Nathan, the Prophet, anointed Solomon King;
and all the people rejoic'd, and said:
God save the King, long live the King, may the King live for ever!
Amen! Alleluja!

Portuguese.png Portuguese text

Zadoque, o Sacerdote, e Natan, o Profeta, ungiram o Rei Salomão;
e todo o povo cantou, e disse:
Deus Salve o Rei, Longa vida ao Rei, Viva o Rei para Sempre!
Amem! Aleluia!
translation by Juan Ellan