Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Part 3

Hans Memling, St. John Altarpiece, 1474-1479. A painting of the revelation given to John was he was exiled to the island of Patmos. A vision of the lamb receiving worship.

Part 3 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Part III In yesterday’s post, I examined Parts I and II of Handel’s Messiah, showing that the birth of Jesus takes up only the first section of the Part I. Part II focuses on the death and resurrection of Jesus, ending with the glorious celebration [Read More...]

Examining the Words of Handel’s Messiah – Parts 1 and 2

Part 2 of series: Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece Today, I want to begin to examine the libretto (the words of the composition) of Handel’s Messiah to show its strong Easter themes. The Messiah comes in three parts. I’ll provide a short summary of each part, beginning today with Parts 1 and 2. Part [Read More...]

Handel’s Messiah: An Unexpected Easter Masterpiece – Introduction

I ended my last post by promising to discuss one further piece of Easter music. Today, I begin to keep my promise. Several years ago, the choir of Irvine Presbyterian Church, along with a couple of guest choirs, did something you might consider odd. They sang a wonderful, well-known piece of music. This isn’t odd, [Read More...]


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