For many people, attending a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is as much of an annual Christmas tradition as decorating the tree and opening presents. So what better way to kick off the month of December than with a dive into this famous oratorio?
In today’s episode, we’ll learn a little bit about Handel — the famous composer of Messiah — and define some big fancy words like oratorio and libretto as we listen to a few selections from one of the most famous pieces of all-time.
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Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:
- Hallelujah Chorus by G.F. Handel
- Hornpipe by G.F. Handel
- Messiah, Part I: Overture by G.F. Handel
- And the Glory of the Lord by G.F. Handel
- For Unto Us a Child is Born by G.F. Handel
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