Pifa (Pastoral Symphony), from The Messiah (string quartet)
Title: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony), from the oratorio Messiah
Composer: G. F. Handel, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin 1; Violin 2; Viola; Cello
Printout: 4 pages
Note: In Handel’s Messiah, the Pifa evokes an image of the shepherds “keeping watch o’er their flocks by night.” It is an ideal selection for Christmas Eve services.
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