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From the December 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

He was a composer who had gone bankrupt, was a deeply depressed man, and was derided as a “German nincompoop.” One day, though, a friend visited him and asked if he would write music to accompany Bible verses that had been compiled into a libretto. Later on, another party asked if he would compose music for a benefit performance. Inspired by the words of Scripture to use as text, along with a performance request, this composer, George Frideric Handel, began writing the music. He wrote and wrote and within 24 days, he had written the 260 pages of what was called Messiah.  

When this oratorio was first performed, there was some controversy, but it was quite well received. And some have said that when it was later performed in London, King George II attended and wound up rising during the opening notes of the “Hallelujah” chorus. This has been a tradition ever since. 

For centuries, performance after performance has still touched the heart when this ageless piece of music has been sung. Not just because it is beautifully written, but because of the meaning of the words and the reverence for God and His Son.

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