Handel's Messiah Comfort For God's People
f you want to enjoy and appreciate Handel's beloved Messiah more deeply, this informed yet accessible guide is the book to read. ^^Here you will find fascinating historical background to Messiah, including its unlikely inception, and learn about its...
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f you want to enjoy and appreciate Handel's beloved Messiah more deeply, this informed yet accessible guide is the book to read.
^^Here you will find fascinating historical background to Messiah, including its unlikely inception, and learn about its reception and impact from Handel's day to our own. Calvin Stapert devotes most of his book to scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the entire score, demonstrating how the music of Messiah beautifully intertwines with and illuminates its biblical text. Through these pages Handel's popular and much-loved masterpiece will be greatly enhanced for listeners old and new alike.
Handel?'s oratorio Messiah is a phenomenon with no parallel in music history. No other work of music has been so popular for so long. Yet familiarity can sometimes breed contempt and also misunderstanding.
This book by music expert Calvin Stapert will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel?'s majestic Messiah, whether readers are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence.
Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah?'s unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel?'s music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text.
For anyone seeking to appreciate Handel?'s Messiah more, this informed yet accessible guide is the book to have and read.
(Handel?'s Messiah: Comfort for God?'s People is the newest volume in the flourishing Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series, edited by John D. Witvliet.)
Calvin R. Stapert is Head of the Department and professor of music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a founding member of the Forum for Music and Christian Scholarship. He is the author of A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church; My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach and J.S. Bach (The History Maker Series)
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