Messiah, HWV 56

Messiah, HWV 56, is an oratorio written by Handel (with scriptural text compiled by C. Jennens) in 1741 and premiered the following year in Dublin. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, becoming one of the best-known choral works in Western music. Though Handel's reputation in England had been established through his compositions of Italian opera, he turned to the oratorio in the 1730s, in response to changes in public taste. Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the ... more

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Georg Friedrich Händel

George Frideric Handel was a German-British composer, famous for his operas and oratorios. He was born in 1685, to a family indifferent ...