The Handel Institute

G. F. Handel's Compositions

Assembled Works
(Opus Numbers et al)


Opus 1, Solo sonatas

  • Op 1 No 1: HWV 359b
  • Op 1 No 2: HWV 360
  • Op 1 No 3: HWV 361
  • Op 1 No 4: HWV 362
  • Op 1 No 5: HWV 363b
  • Op 1 No 6: HWV 364a
  • Op 1 No 7: HWV 365
  • Op 1 No 8: HWV 366
  • Op 1 No 9a: HWV 367a
  • Op 1 No 9b: HWV 367bflute
  • Op 1 No 10: HWV 368 (probably spurious)
  • Op 1 No 11: HWV 369
  • Op 1 No 12: HWV 370 (probably spurious)
  • Op 1 No 13: HWV 371
  • Op 1 No 14: HWV 372 (probably spurious)
  • Op 1 No 15: HWV 373 (probably spurious)
    • Notes:
      • In the 18th and early 19th centuries, these sonatas appeared in two versions: published by the Amsterdam firm of Roger (an unauthorised forgery [by Walsh?]) and by John Walsh. The two editions contain 14 sonatas between them.
      • In 1879 with the publication of Friedrich Chrysander's volume 27 of Handel-Gesellschaft (HG), HWV 379 and 371 were added.
    • HG edition: 27 adapted and extended these opus 1 numbers.

Opus 2 (Nos 1-6), Trio sonatas

  • Op 2 No 1: HWV 386b
  • Op 2 No 2: HWV 387
  • Op 2 No 3: HWV 388
  • Op 2 No 4: HWV 389
  • Op 2 No 5: HWV 390
  • Op 2 No 6: HWV 391
    • Notes: Published by Walsh in 1733 with successive 'Roger' and 'Walsh' title pages.
    • HG edition: 27
      • HWV 386a = HG Op 2 No 1a (not publ. by Walsh)
      • Walsh Op 2 No 1 = HG Op 2 No 1b
      • Walsh Op 2 No 2 = HG Op 2 No 2
      • Walsh Op 2 No 3 = HG Op 2 No 4
      • Walsh Op 2 No 4 = HG Op 2 No 5
      • Walsh Op 2 No 5 = HG Op 2 No 6
      • Walsh Op 2 No 6 = HG Op 2 No 7
    • HHA edition: IV/10/1

Opus 3 (Nos 1-6), Concerti grossi
-- colloquially known by Handel's contemporaries as the "Oboe Concertos"

Opus 4 (Nos 1-6), Organ concerti

Op 5 (Nos 1-7), Trio sonatas

  • Op 5 No 1: HWV 396
  • Op 5 No 2: HWV 397
  • Op 5 No 3: HWV 398
  • Op 5 No 4: HWV 399
  • Op 5 No 5: HWV 400
  • Op 5 No 6: HWV 401
  • Op 5 No 7: HWV 402
    • Borrowings:
      • Contains music previously composed: Cannons anthems, operas from 1734-5, and the ouverture to Athalia (HWV 52) / Parnasso in festa (HWV 73). (See the Trio Sonata in G major, Op 5 No 4; HWV 399.)
      • Between 1737-8, Handel composed new music for Op 5 Nos. 5 & 6, and possibly for Nos. 1 & 2.
    • Published: 28 February 1739, by John Walsh.
    • HG edition: 27
    • HHA edition: IV/10/2

Opus 6 (Nos 1-12), Concerti grossi
-- colloquially known by Handel's contemporaries as the "Grand Concertos"

  • Op 6 No 1: HWV 319
  • Op 6 No 2: HWV 320
  • Op 6 No 3: HWV 321
  • Op 6 No 4: HWV 322
  • Op 6 No 5: HWV 323
  • Op 6 No 6: HWV 324
  • Op 6 No 7: HWV 325
  • Op 6 No 8: HWV 326
  • Op 6 No 9: HWV 327
  • Op 6 No 10: HWV 328
  • Op 6 No 11: HWV 329
  • Op 6 No 12: HWV 330
    • Composed: September - October 1739
    • Published : 21 April 1740, by John Walsh
    • Notes: Originally for strings only; Handel added oboes later to some concertos -- probably for theatre performances.
    • HG edition: 21
    • HHA edition: IV/15

Opus 7 (Nos 1-6), Organ concerti

  • Op 7 No 1: HWV 306
  • Op 7 No 2: HWV 307
  • Op 7 No 3: HWV 308
  • Op 7 No 4: HWV 309
  • Op 7 No 5: HWV 310
  • Op 7 No 6: HWV 311
    • Notes: Published posthumously in 1761 by John Walsh the younger and compiled by John Christopher Smith junior.
    • HG edition: 28
    • HHA edition: IV/7

HWV 202-10: Nine "Deutsche Arien"

  • Künft' ger Zeiten eitler Kummer: HWV 202
  • Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen: HWV 203
  • Süsser Blumen Ambraflocken: HWV 204
  • Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle ruhiger Gelassenheit: HWV 205
  • Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise: HWV 206
  • Meine Seele hört im sehen: HWV 207
  • Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften: HWV 208
  • In den angenehmen Büschen: HWV 209
  • Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden: HWV 210
    • Genre: Hymn
    • Libretto: Texts by B.H. Brockes from "Irdisches Vergnügen in Gott."
    • Composed: London, circa 1724-6
    • HHA edition: V/5,6

HWV 246-56: Chandos or Cannons Anthems

  • Anthem 1: HWV 246
  • Anthem 2: HWV 247
  • Anthem 3: HWV 248
  • Anthem 4: HWV 249b
  • Anthem 5: HWV 250c
  • Anthem 6: HWV 251b
  • Anthem 7: HWV 252
  • Anthem 8: HWV 253
  • Anthem 9: HWV 254
  • Anthem 10: HWV 255
  • Anthem 11: HWV 256a
    • Composed: Cannons, 1717-18
    • First performance: St. Lawrence, Cannons Park, Edgware.
    • Notes:
      • Composed for Handel's patron, James Brydges, Earl of Carnarvon (later, 1719, Duke of Chandos) (1674-1744)
      • Handel lived at Cannons from August 1717 through sometime in late 1718 following the public's diminishing interest in Italian opera back in London.
    • HG edition: 34-5
    • HHA edition: III/4-6

HWV 258-61: Coronation Anthems

  • Anthem 1: HWV 258
  • Anthem 2: HWV 259
  • Anthem 3: HWV 260
  • Anthem 4HWV 261
    • Composed: ?9 September 1727 - 11 October 1727
    • First performance:
      • 11 October 1727: London, Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline.
      • Public rehearsals took place on 6 and 9 October.
    • Notes: Historical inconsistency exists between a copy of the official Order of Service with comments by the Archbishop (William Wake) and the Clerk of the Cheque, Jonathan Smith, who kept an actual record of what was performed and in what order.
    • HG edition: 14
    • HHA edition: III/10

HWV 284-6: Three English Hymns

  • Sinners obey the Gospel word: HWV 284
  • O Love divine, how sweet thou art: HWV 285
  • Rejoice, the Lord is King: HWV 286
    • Genre: Hymn
    • Libretto: Texts by Charles Wesley.
    • Composed: circa 1747
    • Notes : Probably at the request of Priscilla Rich.

HWV 295-300: Organ Concertos, "Second Set"

  • HWV 295 ("The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" or "Concerto No. 13")
  • HWV 296a ("Concerto No. 14")
  • HWV 297 ("Concerto No. 15")
  • HWV 298 ("Concerto No. 16")
  • HWV 299 ("Concerto No. 17")
  • HWV 300 ("Concerto No. 18")
    • Published: November 1740
    • Notes: Only two original organ concertos - the remainder being keyboard reductions of the Op. 6 orchestral concertos.

HWV 374-6: Halle Sonatas

 


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