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Classical Breakdown

9. Handel's Messiah, from swords, hidden meanings, to theft!

December 3, 2019

Handel's Messiah is one of the more common pieces you'll hear in concert halls during the holiday season. But did you know it was meant for an entirely different holiday? James Jacobs joins me as we explore Messiah, from it's origins to modern day performances with musical examples.

Show Notes

Recordings sampled in this episode

John Eliot Gardner conducting the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists

Sir Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tenebrae Choir

THe location for the premiere on APril 13 1742

The Musick Hall in Fishacre Street, Dublin

The Musick Hall in Fishacre Street, Dublin.

Instruments of the baroque period and earlier

The natural trumpet vs the Baroque trumpet

The Serpent (ancestor of the tuba)

The Musette