The Music Plays On — Handel’s Messiah

George Frederic Handel in Westminster Abbey

There are two major pieces that are now only associated with Christmastime that originally had nothing with the holiday. One of them is Handel’s oratorio, Messiah.

By the time Handel wrote his sixth oratorio, Messiah, in 1741, the German composer had lived in England for almost three decades. He spent the first part of his English career writing Italian operas, which were all the rage. However, as…



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Donato Cabrera

Music Director of the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic