Friday, December 17, 2010

messiah

Handel's Messiah is a masterpiece. I think it should be performed both at Christmas and Easter. It captures the sentiments of both holy days so perfectly.


In the late summer of 1741 Handel spent 24 days writing the score for Messiah and said when he emerged, "I did think I did see Heaven before me and the great God Himself!"


"I walked in the bright paths of sound..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson, after a Messiah performance in 1843.


Today Messiah was just what I needed to feel the Christmas spirit, and remember that indeed He is the reason for this season. I miss my brother Chris dreadfully each year at this time. It's hard realizing yet again that time does not stop and life moves on. I am so thankful for my faith in God's plan and it helps to make this time of year a bit easier as I move through the Christmas season and into yet another year. Handel's music today reminded me of the promise of Messiah and of my faith in God's plan. Christmas is here!

I love the Hallelujah Chorus flash mobs that have popped up on YouTube this year. People in malls doing their Christmas shopping stopping to remember the truest reason for the Christmas.


Macy's in Philadelphia sponsored this one with their fantastic organ and highly acoustic space.


This one just brings a smile to my face.




2 comments:

Wayne said...

Good Job, Brovo Zulu, Daughter Bear! That was two great film clips. Enjoyed them very much.
Love,
Dad

Angela said...

Great post/thoughts. Love the Messiah improv's! Hope you had a great time at the Kennedy Center!