Presentation on theme: "George Frideric Handel: Messiah as an Oratorio by Roy Chan Date: December 1, 2008 “Handel is so great and so simple that no one but a professional musician."— Presentation transcript:
1 George Frideric Handel: Messiah as an Oratorio by Roy Chan Date: December 1, 2008 “Handel is so great and so simple that no one but a professional musician is unable to understand him.” -- Samuel Butler ( )Victorian author
2 Biography Born in Germany on February 23, 1685 to April 14, 1759 Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, concerti grossi, and oratoriosOratorio – large musical composition that includes orchestra, a choir, and soloistsHandel wrote the first English oratorio called the MessiahHandel’s music had largely influence Mozart, Beethoven, and Hadyn works
3 What is the Messiah?Messiah – “the anointed one”, meaning a work about Jesus’ life and it’s relationship with ChristianityComposed on April 13, 1742 in DublinThe work is based on a libretto by Charles Jennens, who assembled the Messiah togetherLibretto – an extended musical work opera, ballet, and oratorio
4 The Text Performed during Advent (during Christmas season) Deals with both the Old and New TestamentScore contains SATB soloists, SATB chorus, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings, and basso continuoDivided into three parts:1) Advent and Christmas Stories2) Christ’s passion, resurrection, ascension, and evangelization3) The Revelation to St. John
5 Oratorio in Three Parts Part I: The BirthScene 1: The prophecy of SalvationScene 2: The prophecy of the coming of the MessiahScene 3: Portents to the world at largeScene 4: Prophecy of the Virgin BirthScene 5: The appearance of the Angel to the shepherdsScene 6: Christ's miraclesPart II: The PassionScene 1: The sacrifice, the scourging and agony on the crossScene 2: His death, His passing through Hell, and His resurrectionScene 3: His AscensionScene 4: God discloses His identity in HeavenScene 5: The beginning of evangelismScene 6: The world and its rulers reject the GospelScene 7: God's triumphPart III: The AftermathScene 1: The promise of redemption from Adam's fallScene 2: Judgment DayScene 3: The victory over death and sinScene 4: The glorification of Christ
6 Fun Facts “Messiah,” NOT “The Messiah” Messiah was once called A Sacred OratorioHandel’s Messiah was intended for Easter not ChristmasThe Messiah was first performed in Dublin and not in London where he wrote this pieceMost popular work in Western choral literature todayThe entire Messiah was written in 24 daysHandel was once performed the Messiah at the Founding Hospital in a children’s home which ultimately led the work to be performed yearly today
7 Handel House Museum Today Located in London on 25 Brook StreetIs open to the publicContains a lot of fine and decorative art worksThere are weekly recitals every ThursdayThis is the house where he wrote the Messiah
9 UCI Holiday Concert (Holifest) @ HIB 100 in 7:30pm; Admission: $5.00 Featuring the UCI Choir – Chamber Singers, Women’s Chamber Choir, Men in Blaque, and University ChorusChristmas music from:“Wonderful Time of the Year”“Little Drummer Boy”“White Christmas”“Silent Night”“Feliz Navidad”Encore presentation of Handel’s MessiahAnd much much more….come and be merry!!
10 Any questions???“Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.”
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