Let’s explore ideas of polyphonic and homophobic textures in Handel epic oratorio The Messiah. First listen to For unto Us a Child Is Born. Notice how the first lines are sung in polyphony. Then there’s a moment where the polyphonic texture stops and the choirs sings (loudly) in unison. What line is it they sing? Why is this line emphasized?
Now listen to the famed Hallelujah Chorus. This movement works different from the last. Most of the time a line of text will be introduced in unison by the choir then developed through polyphony. Can you come up with any reasons as to why you think Handel wrote in this style and if it is effective?
Please do it carefully and use some professional knowledge if you can.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAW7kcEb6LE (For unto Us a Child is Born)