Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Handel's Messiah

If you haven't gone to a Christmas concert yet, and especially if you didn't go to mine, make sure you attend some sort of music performance. If you still aren't up for some holiday cheer, and would rather spend your time inside, there's still ways to bring great music to you.

The internet is an amazing thing. There are sites you can visit to
listen to Handel's Messiah. Who knew!? Not only that, but while you listen, you can also read about said work. It's a beautiful thing.

I'm assuming most of you have heard a bit of Handel's Messiah, namely the Hallelujah Chorus. And I'm sure all of you
stand no matter where you are when you hear it. King George II stood when he first heard it, and so that means everyone else must too. There are many stories as to why he stood, some say because he was so moved by the work that he couldn't help but rise, others say it's because he thought the concert was over and he stood to leave.

I won't pass judgment on King George II, the fact remains, he stands, everyone stands. However, if you look at the point in which the infamous chorus is heard, it's at the end of the second section, which should be the stopping point for Christmas, but
no! Handel writes more! The third section is more appropriate for Easter, not Christmas. So, maybe King George II was understandably confused.

It's great tradition and
score make it a must listen for the holidays. After all it is an Oratorio. Where else can you get that sort of musical drama? Have a listen, stand at the chorus, and enjoy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I got to play (cello) in Messiah when I was in college; it was one of the most unforgettable events in my life. I'd love to do it again.