The Messiah, oratorio was created by George Frideric Handel, a German-born English composer. This composition was premiered during Easter in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The messiah is the music for the familiar Hallelujah Chorus, also it is one of the most frequently performed oratorios. Frideric composed Messiah however the Hallelujah Chorus was composed by Charles Jennens which was composed in the parts. The first one is from the prophesies of the Messiah’s birth from the Bible the Old Testament, the stories of the birth of Christ from the New Testament, and lastly his death and his resurrection from the Book of Revelation. It wasn’t until Handel’s death that this composition became extremely popular in Christmas tradition.
The instrumental part of this composition was bold for Baroque era it was created. However, we can hear that the combination of the techniques in the composition and the choral parts when blended are in homophonic harmony, yet we also hear a polyphonic complexity, lastly, we hear a fugue. Handel uses aria to paint pictures with his music. Part one has an optimistic and upbeat tone. Part two has a somber tone and an alto aria. Finally, the third part which is the shortest is the most dramatic and creates a vison of Christian faith. With a bass aria.
I listened to Hallelujah Chorus form the Messiah by George Frideric Handel, the Royal Choral Society presentation and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir presentation. By far this was my favorite composition because of the message within the oratorio. Handel’s original version was magnificent even though at beginning I couldn’t distinguish what they were singing. While on the Royal Choral Society their presentation was performed with an immense number of performers it still captivated the heart of the composition. My favorite was the presentation given by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which I believe truly captures Handel’s essence in depicting the images with the music. Messiah is one of Handel’s best work.