The Messiah, oratorio was created by George Frideric Handel, a German-born English composer. This composition was premiered during Easter in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The Messiah is the instrumental music for the Hallelujah Chorus. Frideric composed the Messiah, however, the Hallelujah Chorus was composed by Charles Jennens which was created in three different parts. The first part is from the prophecies of the Messiah’s birth which can be found in the Bible in the Old Testament, next the stories of the birth of Christ from the New Testament, and lastly his death and his resurrection from the Book of Revelation.
As a matter of fact, the instrumental part of this composition was too bold for the Baroque era it was created. However, we can hear that the combination of the techniques in the composition simultaneously with the choral parts once blended are in homophonic harmony, yet we also hear a polyphonic complexity, lastly, we hear a fugue. Furthermore, Handel uses aria to paint pictures with his music. Commencing with part one it has an optimistic and upbeat tone. Following that part two has a somber tone and an alto aria. Finally, the third part which is the shortest concurrently the most dramatic thus creates a vision of Christian faith to bring to light the bass aria.
Furthermore, I listened to Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah by George Frideric Handel, the Royal Choral Society presentation and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir presentation. As a matter of fact, this was my favorite composition because of the message of the oratorio. In fact, Handel’s original version was magnificent even though at the beginning I couldn’t distinguish what they were singing the instrumental was magnificent. While on the Royal Choral Society their presentation was performed with an immense number of performers it still captivated the heart of the composition. Moreover, my favorite was the presentation given by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which I believe truly captures Handel’s essence in depicting the images with the music.