DVD Review: Handel’s Messiah

DVD Review: Handel’s Messiah

There is perhaps no other music associated with Christmas that people know but know so little about than Handel’s Messiah. In a documentary shown widely on PBS this holiday season BYU Television travels the world to showcase the everlasting popularity of the work and to explore the story of it’s creation. And what a story it is. George Frederich Handel‘s prolific talents were known long before he wrote Messiah but he has endured for three centuries because of this signature work. His story is interwoven with two others who helped to bring Messiah to the forefront of holiday celebration and it is their tales of sorrow, intrigue, greed, power, lust, suicide and eventually redemption that makes the overall epic ofRead more

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

By Jeff Westover On August 22, 1741 George Frideric Handel sat down and began to compose music to Biblical texts compiled by his friend Charles Jennens. Handel was, by all accounts of the time, a typical creative eccentric. Known for varied mood swings, Handel was prone to excessive eating, a boisterous sense of humor and an intense sense of musical propriety. He could be stern and irritable, especially with musicians who did not perform his works as he intended. He could be stubborn and arrogant. And he was proficient at swearing in four different languages. But for this work started that late summer in 1741, Handel was indeed inspired. “Í did think I did see all Heaven before me, andRead more

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