Composition Analysis

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McCallium Davis
July 24, 2011
MUSI200 B006 Sum 11
Instructor: Bethanie Hansen

Composition Analysis Paper of Handel, Messiah, “Hallelujah” Chorus

I chose to do my paper on this particular piece because I love church music and wanted to get to know the history of this piece. I like this piece because this song can be used to encourage depressed people and those who are almost giving up in life. This musical acts as a comfort to them and gives them a reason to go on and to never give up. I really enjoyed this piece. There are no dislikes from me, I love Christian music and this piece really spoke to me. First I would like to share some background Information on this piece. Hallelujah piece was composed by George Frederic Handel in 1741 and at that time the composer was in despair and depressed. The song’s title is called messiah while the chorus is known as the Hallelujah chorus. This song is among the most beautiful compositions and the recording is probably one of the best performances of George Frederic Handel. The song has a heavenly choir and wonderful soloists. George Frederic Handel composed the song at the time when he was in a state of despair. George locked himself up in his study room and within a period of seven days, he was through with the first part of the song which came to be called the birth of the messiah. After another period of nine days, George was through with the second part of the song which came to be known as the redemption. Within a period of less than seven days, George was through with the third part of the song which came to be called the resurrection, and the future reign of Christ. The song Hallelujah chorus became a triumph to many people including the king who rose to his feet on hearing the chorus. The act of the king rising to his feet is a tradition and custom that still prevails. This is because even in churches, the congregation rises to its feet when the Hallelujah chorus is performed. This song has become the most beloved composition of all times and hence it is performed during Christmases, in concert halls and in churches. Millions of people claim to find the message of faith and hope from the messiah song by George Frederic Handel. Although the messiah song was traditionally thought to be reserved for performances around Christmas time, it was initially performed around the Easter festival. (Boydell) The birth of the messiah is the first part of the song. This part dramatizes the great expectation of the Israelites who expected a messiah. Messiah is a Hebrew word meaning Christ. This part presents great prophesies that foretell the coming of the Messiah and the works that this messiah is expected to accomplish. These texts are from the Old Testament. It is said that the Messiah will cause cessation of warfare, comfort Jerusalem and even subdue its enemies. Therefore, George was trying to pass a message of hope and encouraging the depressed to keep holding on because there was a Messiah and God who was there to comfort them and take away all their troubles. The second part of the sons is called redemption. The Jewish people showed dissatisfaction with the lowly and meek Messiah. They expected Jerusalem to be the Metropolis of the world and this did not happen. They did not understand that the Messiah had to first of all come to the world as a lamb that would take away all the sins of mankind and then ascends to heaven later on where he would take up his reign and power (Roden). The third part is known as the resurrection and the future reign of Christ. Christ went through pain and tribulations and eventually died by being nailed on the cross. The Jewish rejection of Messiah meant that everyone was destined to perish. This however, was not the case because Christ loved us so much and did not wish for those who believed in him to perish too. Hence, there is hope for believers and that hope is the second coming of Christ after which He will reign forever. The messiah song...
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