For many, Handel’s Messiah is what people listen to most at Christmastime, but did you know it was originally written for Easter? The scope of this musical masterpiece spans the entirety of Scripture with the central point resting on the birth of our Savior and culminating in God’s ultimate victory over sin.
On today’s episode, Charles Morris returns to two interviews he did in London to learn more about the story behind George Frideric Handel’s most famous work. Dr. Ruth Smith, a widely respected Handel historian, and Sarah Bardwell, director of the Handel House Museum in London, discuss the theological purpose of Messiah, the controversy it created, it’s first performance at the Foundling Hospital, how Handel wrote the massive score in three weeks, and why it’s gone on to have such a lasting legacy today.
- To watch the mini-documentary mentioned in the podcast touring Handel’s House, click here.
- To see a list of all the lyrics and Scripture references that make up the famous libretto, click here.
- And, finally, to get your own copy of Handel’s Messiah, we’d love to send it to you as our thanks for a donation to Haven Ministries. Learn more (and listen to samples) here.
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