Monday, December 22, 2008

only 3 more sleeps!

Advent Calendar - December 22

Christmas Fact:

George Frederick Handel’s (1685-1759) Messiah is perhaps the most popular piece of classical music associated with the Christmas season.... Handel never intended Messiah to be connected with the Christmas season. In fact, he wrote the oratorio in the late summer of 1741 and premiered it around Easter of the following year. Subsequent performances during Handel’s lifetime also took place around Easter.

Encyclopedia of Christmas pp. 365-6

The first public performance of Messiah took place on April 13,1742 in Dublin Ireland.

Detailed story of the writing of Messiah.

Handel’s Messiah: Midi files and text.


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