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About this collection

George Frideric Handel’s Coronation Anthems is a bound music manuscript located in the Theodore M. Finney Music Manuscript collection. The manuscript is known to be in the handwriting of John Christopher Smith the Elder (1683-1763), Handel’s chief amanuensis.

 

Handel (1685-1759) wrote the Coronation Anthems for the coronation ceremonies of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727. The manuscript held by the Harry Ransom Center contains the following anthems: Anthem I Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, Anthem II Zadok the Priest, Anthem III The King Shall Rejoice, and Anthem IV My Heart Is Inditing.

 

 

First Anthem

Second Anthem

Third Anthem

Fourth Anthem

 

This manuscript underwent extensive conservation treatment by Ransom Center intern Justine Provino. Read about her work here. The images in this collection were created after treatment.

 

 
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