To Occasional Oratorio

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An Occasional Oratorio ( HWV 62) is an oratorio by Georg Friedrich Handel , which is based on a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton based on a poem by John Milton and Edmund Spenser .

Handel hastily composed the Occasional Oratorio in January and February 1746, the premiere took place on February 14, 1746. It contains 44 sentences and consists of 3 parts. The famous chorus Prepare the Hymn , a paraphrase of Psalm 81: 1–2, is the 26th movement, 2nd part. Handel took the second minuet of the fireworks music from this oratorio.


  • C. Hogwood, Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks Cambridge University Press p. 133
  • Hans Joachim Marx : Handel's oratorios, odes and serenatas: a compendium.

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