Friday, December 11, 2009

Handel's Messiah

I love classical music, especially from the Baroque period. As such an admirer, I simply adore the gloriously beautiful and rich musical compositions of Handel.

George Frideric Handel was a prolific musician and writer of music. He was masterful at the organ, violin and in music compositions. The Messiah is one of his most well known, well beloved pieces. Universally appreciated and performed.

I personally own 4 discs of the Messiah, two separate recordings. And every year at this time, I love to pop one of them in and listen to the lofty sounds of instruments and voice. Such gloriously uplifting, majestic music!

The Messiah is derived directly from the scriptures that proclaim Jesus as Messiah. For instance:

O thou that tellest good Tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high
Mountain: O thou that tellest good Tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy Voice with
Strength; lift it up, be not afraid: Say unto the Cities of Judah, Behold your
God. - Isaiah 40:9

shine, for thy Light come, and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. -
Isaiah 60:1

The Messiah is one of my favorite Oratorio's because it takes the holy scriptures and sets them to beautiful music, that is not only wonderful to listen to, but is also glorifying to God. It uplifts up the spirits at a time when the skies are grey and it can be depressing.

So, if you have a copy of Handel's Messiah why not listen and rejoice that Jesus is our Savior, our Messiah!

Merry Christmas!


Camille Rose said...

The Messiah is a magnificent piece of music. We listened to the Hallelujah chorus just a little while ago, and every time I hear it my heart just swells within me. And such a miraculous story behind it too! Thanks for the post!

The Kautts said...

The Hallelujah chorus is just marvelous! The story behind the Messiah is very amazing. I might just have to dig that up and post it as well. ;)

Thanks for the comment!