How would you describe the Messiah?
George Frederic Handel - "A man of the world....a man of a simple, uncomplicated faith." --The Lives of the Great Composers
At the end of the Renaissance, if we were going to be entertained it would be opera. Handel wrote operas and oratorios. He made money by producing music that the people liked. He composed day and night. He was a businessman. Towards the end of his career, he eventually ended up in England. He was invited to come and work. The royalty really liked him. He was asked to write many, many oratorios. It was easy and cheap to produce rather than an opera.
The libretto came before the music. Handel's inspiration was tonal. Music during the baroque period was something you listened to rather that watched.
"I suggest you close your eyes and just listen." -- William Knapp
When it was first done here at Trinity, I said, "This is the way it is suppose to be done. If you close your eyes and listen, you will hear what I have just said."
Josephus: Wee Quiz #3 12.07.14
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