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The Great Music

Coronation Anthem

 

A coronation anthem is music written to accompany the coronation of a monarch.
 
Many composers have written coronation anthems. However the best known were composed by George Frideric Handel. Handel's four coronation anthems use text from the King James Bible and were designed to be played at the coronation of the British monarch. They are Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, The King Shall Rejoice, and My Heart Is Inditing. Each was originally a separate work but they were later published together.

Zadok the Priest - Handel

W.A. Mozart: Kyrie (Coronation Mass in C-major K317)

I Was Glad