Monday, December 16, 2019

Handel’s Messiah at St.Thomas Aquinas

Messiah manuscript page

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
6306 Kenwood Ave.
Dallas, TX 75214

7:30 pm

Performed by the Saint Thomas Aquinas Choir and orchestra, directed by Michael Conrady

Admission is free

Some tidbits surrounding the Handel masterpiece: The music for Messiah was composed in only 24 days of what must have been some pretty feverish writing, considering it takes close to three hours to perform the complete work (the autograph score has 259 pages).

The first performance took place in Dublin on 13 April, 1742, attended by 700 people. In order to admit as large an audience as possible, gentlemen were requested to remove their swords, and ladies were asked not to wear hoops in their dresses.

The text was compiled by Charles Jennens, who, in the spirit of “everybody is a critic”, wrote to his friend Edward Holdsworth on 30 August 1745: “[Handel] has made a fine Entertainment of it, though not near so good as he might & ought to have done. I have with great difficulty made him correct some of the grosser faults in the composition ...

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