In questa stanza andava continuamente di nascosto quando la famiglia dormiva". Il giorno dopo la nascita, fu battezzato nella confessione luterana alla Liebfrauenkirche. In seguito nacquero due sorelle, Dorothea Sophia e Johanna Christiana Il giovane ragazzo inizia a comporre opere strumentali e vocali molto presto: la maggior parte di quelli che risalgono agli anni o sono perduti, ma alcuni sono conservati, come il Drei Deutsche Arien, insieme ad alcune sonate. A dodici anni, fece un breve soggiorno a Berlino, che gli permise di entrare in contatto con la Corte del principe elettore Federico III di Brandeburgo.

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Charles Jennens was born around , into a prosperous landowning family whose lands and properties in Warwickshire and Leicestershire he eventually inherited. As a devout Anglican and believer in scriptural authority, Jennens intended to challenge advocates of Deism , who rejected the doctrine of divine intervention in human affairs. This inscription, taken with the speed of composition, has encouraged belief in the apocryphal story that Handel wrote the music in a fervour of divine inspiration in which, as he wrote the "Hallelujah" chorus, "he saw all heaven before him".

The effort of writing so much music in so short a time was not unusual for Handel and his contemporaries; Handel commenced his next oratorio, Samson, within a week of finishing Messiah, and completed his draft of this new work in a month. Thus, Se tu non-lasci amore from became the basis of "O Death, where is thy sting? These concerts were so popular that a second series was quickly arranged; Messiah figured in neither series. The women soloists were Christina Maria Avoglio , who had sung the main soprano roles in the two subscription series, and Susannah Cibber , an established stage actress and contralto who had sung in the second series.

Handel had his own organ shipped to Ireland for the performances; a harpsichord was probably also used. In an attempt to deflect such sensibilities, in London Handel had avoided the name Messiah and presented the work as the "New Sacred Oratorio". He wrote a new setting of "And lo, the angel of the Lord" for Clive, never used subsequently.

I have with great difficulty made him correct some of the grosser faults in the composition In the following year these were joined by the male alto Gaetano Guadagni , for whom Handel composed new versions of "But who may abide" and "Thou art gone up on high".

The orchestra included fifteen violins, five violas, three cellos, two double-basses, four bassoons, four oboes, two trumpets, two horns and drums. In the chorus of nineteen were six trebles from the Chapel Royal; the remainder, all men, were altos, tenors and basses. Frasi, Galli and Beard led the five soloists, who were required to assist the chorus.

The orchestra employed was two hundred and fifty strong, including twelve horns, twelve trumpets, six trombones and three pairs of timpani some made especially large. Messiah was presented in New York in with a chorus of and in Boston in with more than Most of us would be glad to hear the work seriously performed once before we die. Many admirers of Handel believed that the composer would have made such additions, had the appropriate instruments been available in his day.

The conductor Sir Thomas Beecham wrote that for years the chorus was "the national medium of musical utterance" in Britain. However, after the heyday of Victorian choral societies, he noted a "rapid and violent reaction against monumental performances With our large choral societies, additional accompaniments of some kind are a necessity for an effective performance; and the question is not so much whether, as how they are to be written.

For example, in , Beecham conducted a recording of Messiah with modestly sized forces and controversially brisk tempi, although the orchestration remained far from authentic.

Recordings on LP and CD were preponderantly of the latter type, and the large scale Messiah came to seem old-fashioned. In the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians , David Scott writes, "the edition at first aroused suspicion on account of its attempts in several directions to break the crust of convention surrounding the work in the British Isles. Indeed if they are not prepared to grapple with the problems presented by the score they ought not to conduct it.

This applies not only to the choice of versions, but to every aspect of baroque practice, and of course there are often no final answers.


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