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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Messiah' : Aspects to know before buying.
This 264 page Watkins Shaw edition, popular for performances, is good, clearly set out and easy to read for both those new to 'Messiah' and the experienced requiring a copy of this edition.
BUT, it is thick (about 15mm), and hence relatively heavy due partly to a lengthy Preface but more so to its 33 page Appendix! It can make the arms ache when involved in a full...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor binding
The quality of the music in this edition is of course fine, but the copy I received is extremely badly bound. The pages were breaking away from the spine before I'd even opened it. And after just a few hours' use it's looking dreadful.
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by Nick F


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Messiah' : Aspects to know before buying., 12 Nov 2008
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This review is from: G.F. Handel: Choral Edition: Messiah (Watkins Shaw) - Paperback Edition Vocal Score (Paperback)
This 264 page Watkins Shaw edition, popular for performances, is good, clearly set out and easy to read for both those new to 'Messiah' and the experienced requiring a copy of this edition.
BUT, it is thick (about 15mm), and hence relatively heavy due partly to a lengthy Preface but more so to its 33 page Appendix! It can make the arms ache when involved in a full performance, particularly when one has to stand for most of it!!
On the plus side, the current Amazon discounted price for a copy, with free p&p, is very attractive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars handels messiah, 30 May 2009
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R. K. Sinnott "Choir Boy" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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I needed a clear copy of the messiah and i found one, this book is clear, easy to read, and not as heavy as some of the messiah books that i have held. It is great value for money and rare, as most of the music shops on the high street do not have this book any more. well done amazon
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Messiah, choral Edition, 12 Nov 2009
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Dr. Howard J. Peak (Australia) - See all my reviews
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a very reasonably priced book. The typeface is clear as is the score, making it very easy to read. Being soft-cover, it is easy to hold if performing the choral work or parts of it.
The delivery was prompt despite being an overseas delivery, and the packaging protected it so it arrived undamaged.
A very satisfied customer.
TAGS: Music, choral, classic, Handel, Messiah score.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 15 May 2009
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This review is from: G.F. Handel: Choral Edition: Messiah (Watkins Shaw) - Paperback Edition Vocal Score (Paperback)
Although fond of the Ebenezer Prout edition as I knew that from when I was very young, this edition is much clearer, rhythms cleared up and beautifully typeset. With Mozart's additions to the harmonies removed, it is also a lot clearer for the accompanist, and indeed for both soloist and chorus to hear where they fit in to the music.

This should be your default copy of Messiah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Messiah, 19 Sep 2009
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Watkins Shaw's final edition of Handel's Messiah was pretty well his finale as a musical editor. His work is scholarly yet accessible for Choirs (unlike Tobin's edition which appeared nearly fifty years ago and was contemporaneous with Watkins Shaw's first edition!) The volume presented by Novello is very legible, though somewhat heavy in the hand owing to a larger page size. This latter, however, allows for much clearer print, appreciated by older Choristers. This edition looks like becoming a 'standard' in much the way Ebenezer Prout's longstanding edition was for so long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor binding, 26 Nov 2010
This review is from: G.F. Handel: Choral Edition: Messiah (Watkins Shaw) - Paperback Edition Vocal Score (Paperback)
The quality of the music in this edition is of course fine, but the copy I received is extremely badly bound. The pages were breaking away from the spine before I'd even opened it. And after just a few hours' use it's looking dreadful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chorister, 17 Mar 2009
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I ordered this score at the request of the BBC and you can tell why they stipulated this particular edition. It's easy to assimilate, clearly printed and well bound ... what more could this old baritone need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, 10 Mar 2013
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It has been a great help, I used it to learn my part in a choir and will no doubt use it again in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Stuff, 11 Dec 2012
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Perfect score, clear as a bell, just a bit heavy for standing with for any duration, and obviously there is quite a bit of duration required for singing this. Very pleased with the book, which arrived super-promptly by the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value, 10 Dec 2012
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Great price, you get a lot for your money. Wish I'd spotted that it was available on a spiral bound option - which makes it easier to hold and sing.
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