My heart is inditing (George Frideric Handel)

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  • (Posted 2022-05-25)  CPDL #69356:       
Editor: John Christensen (submitted 2022-05-25).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 402 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: "Upon Thy Right Hand"; SAATB; English and German
  • (Posted 2007-09-24)  CPDL #15077:  (Full score), (Vocal score), (PDF)(Instrumental parts),  
Editor: Arie Fokkens (submitted 2007-09-24).   Score information: A4, 38 pages, 376 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score, vocal score with keyboard reduction and instrumental parts available. Instrumental parts are packed in one zip file (6,5 Mbytes)
  • (Posted 2004-04-08)  CPDL #06903:    (MIDI)
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2004-04-08).   Score information: A4, 37 pages, 1.58 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Vocal score with keyboard reduction. Large file (1.6 Mbytes), 4 movements, 4 midi files are zipped into one file.

General Information

Title: My Heart is Inditing, HWV 261 (Coronation Anthem #4)
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Source of text: after Psalm 45:1,10,12 and Isaiah 49:23

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, timpani, 3 violins, viola, violoncello, and basso continuo (bassoon, double bass and organ)

Composed 1727
First published: 1743 in Coronation Anthems, no. 4
Description: Composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline it was first performed on 11 October 1727 in Westminster Abbey during the coronation of the Queen.

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Original text and translations

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My heart is inditing of a good matter:
I speak of the things which I have made unto the King.
Kings daughters were among thy honourable women
Upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in vesture of gold
and the King shall have pleasure in thy beauty.
Kings shall be thy nursing fathers
and queens thy nursing mothers.