This deeply expressive arioso opens Handel's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, which was written circa 1713. It is best known, more recently, for its use in the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Handel originally wrote Eternal Source for countertenor, with trumpet and strings, in D major. In modern times it has been taken into the soprano repertoire. Mr. Rutter pays homage to this change in his selection of the keys of C and D flat in the instrumental offerings. This also reflects the use of A=415 in the Baroque era.
G.F. Handel/arr. John Rutter - Oxford University Press
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