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    Music for Brass Band Duration: 3:30 Minutes Percussion: 4 PlayersTimpani, Snare Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel and Crash CymbalsAll Rights ReservedProgramme NotesHandel wrote the 3 act oratorio, Judas Maccabeus, based on a libretto written by Thomas Morell. This oratorio was devised as a compliment to the victorious Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland upon his return from the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. The libretto depicts the period 170–160 BC when Judea was ruled by the Seleucid Empire which undertook to destroy the Jewish religion. Being ordered to worship Zeus, many Jews obeyed under the threat of persecution; however, some did not, one who defied and led through thoughts of liberty and victory was their leader Judas Maccabeus.