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.

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  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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