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G.F. Händel – The Messiah (1741)

The Messiah HWV 56
Georg Friedrich Händel (Duchy of Magdeburg, now Germany), 1685-1759.

Today I visit another Baroque composer, this time with a very long piece (more than 2h) with a chorus. It features a very well popular chorus, “Hallelujah”, which in fact only corresponds to a small scene of one of the three parts of the piece. It mainly contains arias, extracting the texts from the Bible.

It is divided into three parts, each one relating a part in the life of Jesus: Birth, Passion and Resurrection. Each part contains several scenes, as in any oratorio.