George Frederick Handel

My Heart Is Inditing, coronation anthem No. 3 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 261

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    The 1727 coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1721 was one of the most magnificent of British crownings. These are festive compositions written for large forces: All the royal musicians (who generally served in smaller numbers by rotation) were gathered, and amounted to such numbers that additional galleries were needed to hold them. The four anthems are "Zadok the Priest, " a shortish single-movement piece in three sections of finely judged increasing jubilation, "Let thy Hand be Strengthened, " "The King shall Rejoice, " and "My Heart is Inditing, " which is more associated with the ascension of the Queen. The last three named are all multi movement pieces; all include festive trumpets and drums except "Let thy Hand be Strengthened." The reason for this is probably that these instruments had been sent outside to accompany the "Recognition, " which is when the new King is presented to the people. These are some of the most brilliant, festive, and thrilling choral compositions of the entire Baroque era.


    1. My heart is inditing
    2. King's daughters were among
    3. Upon thy hand
    4. Kings shall be thy nursing fathers

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95050BR
    2015 Decca 4788918
    2014 Obsidian Records CD 711
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 United Classics T2CD 2012071
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099932728
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94214
    2010 Newton Classics 8802016
    2009 Decca 4781190
    2009 Decca
    2009 Coro 16066
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926433
    2009 EMI Classics
    2007 Union Square Music 42
    2007 Decca 4758359
    2006 Decca
    2004 Brilliant 92390
    2003 Warner Classics 561118
    2003 Columns Classics 555022
    2002 Hyperion 67286SACD
    2001 Hyperion CDA67286
    Brilliant 92390/22
    RCA 60243