Create Magic at Christmas Through Music

During the Christmas season, few musical compositions rivals the magic of Messiah’s “Hallelujah” chorus by George Frederick Handel.

Words from an anonymous poem expresses it best:

But Handel’s harmony affects the soul,
to sooth by sweetness, or by force controul;

The Gentleman’s Magazine (May 1740),

Handel, a German, was musically trained in opera by Italians and seasoned in southern German sounds. These experiences came together in presentations of  oratorios to England. Even today the baroque tradition of this composer continue to contribute experiences as instrumentation of all types and sounds take stage with new technological advances.

Georg Frederick Handel (1685-1759) was born in Halle, Germany the same year as Bach. He studied with the great organist Wilhem Zachou from the age of seven to nine. In 1706 he went to Italy and began mastering contemporary trends of opera. He returned to Germany as Court composer for the Elector of Hannover who would become the English King George I.

With the blessing of his former patron, Handel went to England. He shifted his  focus from presenting operas to the wealthy to delivering understandable musical experiences to the middle class via oratorios sang in English. It flourished.  He died a wealthy and respected composer.

Click the oog file link  or mp3 file link to hear the beloved Hallelujah chorus. Sing along.

Feel the power it generates through its prose and the promise it proclaims.

OOG File

MP3 FILE

REFERENCES

Oratorio – A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a sacred story without costumes, scenery, or dramatic action.

Baroque– a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by elaborate musical ornamentation and development of new instrumental playing techniques.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/george-frederick-handel-mn0000805740

http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/handel.html

http://gfhandel.org/

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Georg Frederick Handel 1685-1780

Home for the Holidays

Christmas is the time humanity unfurls to receive and to give. We open ourselves to music, laughter, kindness, love for others, social gatherings, good foods, and memories of past traditions.

Lucky are those who have a venue to enjoy these fruits of the holiday season. For others, this can be a stressful time.

In the Sacramento Valley we are blessed with an evolving tradition that provides a gathering to those who yearn the fruits of this season. Enjoyed with family, or friends, it’s truly electric and memorable.

Alone?

Come and bathe in the friendliness of the crowd.

Experience love through music, song, dance and story.  You’ll leave with a new excitement for life and new memories.

This Evolving Event is the holiday performance of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, “Home for the Holidays“.  Held in the beautiful Mondavi Center of  the University of California Davis on Saturday, December 13 at 2 PM, “Home for the Holidays” will prepare you for  “the days of Christmas” and reintroduce you to the beauty of the arts in the Sacramento Valley.

Come Home for the Holidays.