Getting a Handel on Messiah

Getting a Handel on Messiah

by David W. Barber
     
 

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Chances are you've probably heard Handel's Messiah at least once, if not many times. Maybe you've even performed it, as have countless musicians around the world. After all, it's probably one of the best-loved, and certainly one of the best-known, musical works in the standard repertoire.
But if you thought you knew all there was to know about the great composer's

Overview

Chances are you've probably heard Handel's Messiah at least once, if not many times. Maybe you've even performed it, as have countless musicians around the world. After all, it's probably one of the best-loved, and certainly one of the best-known, musical works in the standard repertoire.
But if you thought you knew all there was to know about the great composer's famous oratorio, think again. For example, it may surprise you to learn that:

■ Handel's first impulse to compose the work came not from religious or even musical inspiration. It had a whole lot more to do with money.
■ The first performance of Messiah took place not in London but in Dublin - and not with a huge choir and orchestra but with only a relative handful of musicians.
■ Although church groups and clergy members now praise Messiah as a fine example of religious music at its best, Handel had to disguise his oratorio for its first performance in London in order to sneak it past the church authorities.
■ The Hallelujah chorus wasn't originally called that at all, but had a different name.
■ Although Handel was proud of Messiah, he didn't think it was his best work. His favorite oratorio is one hardly anyone has ever heard of, much less heard.

All these and many more entertaining (and entirely true!) facts await your discovery as internationally bestselling author David W. Barber takes you on another delightful romp through the pages of music history - as it ought to be taught!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780987849212
Publisher:
Indent Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

Meet the Author

David Barber is a journalist, author, composer and performer who lives and works in Toronto.

Dave Donald works as an art director for a Toronto-based national magazine.

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