Handel, Messiah HWV 56 (excerpts)

We will focus our listening on the following excerpts from Part I: I,1 (Prophecy of Salvation, with Overture) and I,5 (Christmas).  However, please feel free to propose other examples from Messiah which you believe illuminate Handel’s techniques of storytelling and dramatic intrigue.  Please see this page for a detailed plan of the structure of the oratorio.

I am considering not posting tracks on the class site for listening, as I presume that many of us might have a favorite recording of this great masterwork.  I think it might be interesting for us to discuss briefly which recording we listened to and why we chose it (whether for convenience or by preference).

17. July 2012 by Matthew Hall
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