Posted by: rbbadger | September 17, 2009

Zadok the Priest

At every coronation of the British monarchs since that of King Edgar in the 10th century, a scripture verse from 1 Kings 1:38-40 has been sung.  The text reads: “Zadok, the priest and Nathan, the prophet anointed Solomon King.  And all the people rejoiced, and said: ‘God save the King, long live the King, may the King live forever!  Amen.  Hallelujah.'”  In 1727, Georg Friedrich Händel, who later became George Frideric Handel upon becoming a British subject, composed four anthems for the coronation of King George II.  This anthem was among them.

This video comes from the Queen’s Concerts, a series of concerts meant to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.  The concerts took place on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.


  1. Thanks for posting this. It is quite refreshing to my tangled mind.

    When I was young, I got piano lesson for six years. And I often ran away from the lessons, since I was afraid of playing piano in a small closed room alone, while the piano teacher went around other rooms. And now I regret my absenteeism.

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