George Frideric Handel: Setting the Bible to Music

Museum of the Bible recently published this short video on G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” In this season when the “Messiah” is publicly performed and played, it is fitting to consider this description of this classic piece of music. Did you know it was originally composed for the Easter season, not Christmas?

This is the brief description found on YouTube and then the video itself:

One of the most famous pieces of sacred music ever—Handel’s Messiah debuted in 1741!
A composer for the Chapel Royal in London, Handel was said to “frequently declare pleasure in setting the Scriptures to music. . .” but in 18th Century London such the idea of “performing” words of the Bible was highly controversial.

While you are at the Museum of the Bible’s website or YouTube channel, check out some of the other informative videos.

Published in: on December 19, 2016 at 8:48 PM  Leave a Comment  

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