Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1971

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Joseph Haruda

Second Committee Member

Odin C. Westgaard

Third Committee Member

Wayne S. Hertz


Handel, recognized as a great Baroque composer, has had his vocal compositions performed by most serious singers. Many of these would agree that his compositions are, in general, very considerate of the singer and seldom vocally awkward. Since Handel wrote for all types of voices, most singers may find appropriate literature in his oratories. All singers should have some acquaintance with Handel's vocal compositions. Unfortunately, much of the present repertoire represents little of the bel canto techniques of the golden age of singing of which Handel was a part. This writer believes every serious vocal student should at least know some of the airs from his English oratorios.