Posts Tagged ‘Handel’

George_Frideric_Handel_by_Balthasar_DennerHey, this year is the 430th anniversary of Georg Friedrich Händel’s birthday. He was born on February 23, 1685, in Halle, Germany.

All of the text of the next part of Messiah by Handel, Part II is from the book of the prophet Isaiah, mostly from chapter 53. Invariably, when any of the text of Messiah are part of the scripture reading during church, the musical iterations come rushing to mind.

(23) He was despised – air, alto
Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. . . Isaiah 50:6 [He]gave [His] back to the smiters, and [His] cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: [He] hid not [His] face from shame and spitting.

Performance by ORQUESTA Y CORO AD LIBITUM, Cristina Faus, contralto

(24) Surely He hath borne our griefs – chorus
Isaiah 53:4,5 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:the chastisement of our peace was upon him,
(25) And with His stripes we are healed
Isaiah 53:5b …and with His stripes we are healed
(26) All we like sheep have gone astray
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.


Usually, I’m used to the fuller sound of a large chorale, rather than the dozen singers, but this is surprisingly effective.

Compare with:
The Emek Hefer Chamber Choir.

George_Frideric_Handel_by_Balthasar_DennerI have sung the choruses of Part I of Handel’s Messiah several times over the years. This is the section that is associated with “the prophecy of the Messiah and his virgin birth… rendered in words by Isaiah,” and of course is generally performed in that period before Christmas called Advent.

Part II, which I have performed far less often, except for the last movement, deals with the events leading to the death of Jesus, culminating with the triumphant resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

HaendelOne year for Christmas, I gave my sister the score of the entire Messiah, we sang from it so much in high school. Since then I’ve sung much of Part 1, the section associated with Advent/Christmastime, at least a half dozen times. Read the rest of this entry »

I mentioned recently that I performed in a concert on Sunday, November 18, singing with my church choir a bunch of songs about St. Cecilia. Then a concert on Sunday, November 25, with people who had sung with organist Don Ingram in the past, singing the Christmas section of Handel’s Messiah in honor Don’s 80th birthday, a benefit for his church’s organ fund.

So the logical thing to do on Sunday, December 2 would have been to do nothing. Instead, Read the rest of this entry »

The Roches, 1982
Flash mob, November 2010
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Christmas 2010

Though Hallelujah (Chorus) is technically in the Easter section of the Handel Messiah, it’s often sung at Christmas as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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