Giving Witness (with the Messiah)

I (like many of you, I’m sure) love Handel’s Messiah, ever since I spent years as a teenager participating in a choir that performed the oratorio every Christmas and Easter. But I thought this piece on the recent performance at Trinity Wall Street (which, incidentally, is two blocks from my office) was interesting: But before the [Read More...]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece, Part III

Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece In my last post I began examining the libretto (words) of Handel’s Messiah, showing the Easter focus of this piece. Last time I summarized the first two parts of the composition. Here’s a quick review: Part I: Prophetic expectation of the Messiah; the birth of [Read More...]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece, Parts I & II

A portion of the Messiah in Handel's own hand. It is the chorus in Part 1 that begins: "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed."

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece In Friday’s post I explained why Handel’s Messiah, a piece we ordinary associate with Christmas, is really an oratorio for Easter. Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) to show the strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in [Read More...]


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