Day 8 ~ Handel’s Messiah

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The complete Handel’s Messiah! Enjoy!!!

 

Can Christmas be complete without listening to Handel’s Messiah and knowing a bit more about the history of this incredible work or its composer?  The Smithsonian has a brief history of this beloved piece of music and the Classical Archives carries more information about other compositions of Handel. I also found this piece by Christian theologian Ben Witherington to be the most interesting. You might also find this brief overview helpful before you listen to this amazing and glorious work!

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  1. says

    For me, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the opportunity to play The Messiah. Over the last 17 years, I have played the entire work, even the more obscure arias, at one time or another. I also have been tabbed to play 1st violin, 2nd violin, and viola depending on need. I still get a shiver down my spine after all these years at certain moments. (For until us a child is born, that part of the Amen where the trumpets come in near the end, and the line in Hallelujah: “The Kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever…”

  2. Anthea says

    It’s funny that Handel’s Messiah is also regularly performed at Easter.

    Thanks for the links.

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