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Maitani
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OUPblog » Blog Archive » Handel conducts London premiere of Messiah
"On March 23, 1743, composer George Frideric Handel directed the first London performance of his sacred oratorio, Messiah. While the composition has become revered as a magnificent choral work — and a staple of the Christmas holiday season — it met some controversy when it first appeared." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Remarkably, Handel needed only three weeks in the summer of 1741 to write Messiah. As his text, he used a libretto compiled by Charles Jennens from verses of the Bible and from the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer. Jennens was apparently upset that Handel wrote the work in such a short time; he thought the sacred subject needed more time." - Maitani
Did you know when Joseph Haydn saw the Messiah, it inspired him to compose The Creation - Halil
No, I didn't know it. I'll remember it when I listen to The Creation some time. :-) - Maitani
You're in an enviable situation, as you can actually understand it. - Halil