On27 June 1743, the British army and its allies, under the command of King George II and Lord Stair, won a victory over the French at the battle of Dettingen. On the King’s return a day of public thanksgiving was decreed, and as ooComposer of Musick for His Majesty’s Chapel Royal”, Handel was commissioned to write a Tb Deum to mark the occasion. The work was first performed in November 1743 at the Chapel Royal in the presence of the King. Dettingen Tb Deum is an extended hymn of praise rather than a conventional Tb Deum setting. Comprising eighteen short movements, mostly of a brilliant, martial nature, it is scored for soloists, five-part chorus and orchestra with three trumpets and timpani much in evidence to thrilling effect. This is Handel at his extrovert best. Messiah, Handel’s universally acknowledged masterpiece needs liftle introduction. Far more varied in content, and stylistic and emotional impact than his Dettingen Tb Deum, it was compose d in 17 4l to a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and the Book of Cornmon Prayer. It received a modest reception at its premiere in Dublin, but soon gained in popularif to become one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Partz concentrates on the Passion, and Part 3 on the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.