Toll Free:

Live chat
Order now Log In
Toll Free:

Handel's

Handel’s “Messiah”

To begin with, I should say that it was not difficult for me to choose the religious art work for that essay. I am keen on symphonic music, so on February 28, 2014 I was lucky to attend the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale at Evergreen Church, Memphis. It is traditionally performed during the Advent season before Christmas, and, frankly speaking, the event was a unique treat for me. So, this essay is devoted to the analysis of Handel’s “Messiah” from both religious and musical aspects.

Every minute spent at this concert was extraordinary one. I even cried with emotions, realizing greatness and beauty of human genius and love of people to this unique Handel’s work. The concert hall was full of such a bright and festive atmosphere that I do not wonder why people are so fond of this Handel’s masterpiece. I must say that a lot of young people were present there, who also sang oratorio with great inspiration and excitement. “Messiah” became the significant event in my life, and it did not only heal my soul from all kinds of wounds, but also filled it with the light of life and love. Handel was not just a brilliant musician. He was a great man, giving the light of his soul and love both to contemporaries of his time and future generations.

In his most famous oratorio “Messiah” (also called Christmas oratorio) Handel’s refers to the image of Christ. It could be called the great heroic praises as this XVIII century composition embodied in the form of a musical triptych, like those which were written on religious motifs by Renaissance masters. The oratorio can be divided into the following parts:  I. Jesus Christ birth and childhood; II. Feat; III. Triumph. It is performed by choir, orchestra and four singing voices. Handel’s “Messiah” represents the Christian baroque tradition. Taking the religious plot structure, he breathed into oratorio high social pathos and equipped it with the powerful means of expression which appeals to the inner parts of listener’s soul. Christian religious music of that time filled biblical scenes and chaacters with secular sense by painting church images with dramatic individualism and bold interpretation of the spiritual idea. It is full of difficult polyphonic musical combinations and vocal parties. Baroque music aspired to a high level of emotional fullness, people’s spirit and thoughts about God.

Christmas concerts usually include only the first part of the oratorio and choir “Hallelujah”. It embodies anxious expectation of the Messiah, the miracle of Christ’s birth and exultation in his honor. This is one of the most exciting and joyful musical piece because while listening to “Messiah” our souls are filled with hope, love and happiness, which little Jesus brought into our world. They say, when Handel composed “Messiah”, he cried because of beautiful music, going out of his pen.

It should be said that this wonderful oratorio was a miracle for Handel too. The researcher of Handel’s life and music Romain Rolland writes that when genus feel lost and their life seems to be ruined to the core, they are close to victory (57). In Handel’s life there was time when he lost the love of the public. Preferring Italian composers to Handel, English aristocrats became his enemies and stopped attending his concerts. The composer decided to leave England, where he lived for a quarter of century, and he announced that on April 8, 1741 he would have his last concert. However, Handel did not run out of power: in 24 days, from August 22 to September 14, the composer created one of his best oratorios – “Messiah.” When he finished working on it, Handel exclaimed “Hallelujah! I thought the sky had opened, and I saw the Creator.” It was one of the happiest moments in composer’s life. When he seemed to be defeated, he created a creature that was destined to strengthen his worldwide fame. What is more, the magic of “Messiah” also helps people to become better, kinder and more generous. It is deeply connected with the wonderful main theme of the musical work which reminds us about the biggest miracle – Christ’s birth.

The text for the oratorio was taken by Charles Jennens from the generally accepted among the English-speaking Protestant translation of Bible – King James Bible. Despite the lack of specific characters, the oratorio contains many solo and duet numbers: recitatives accompanied by harpsichord; lyrical and pastoral arias and duets; choirs which constitutes more than a quarter of the work; as well as few orchestral items.

The first part of the oratorio includes four scenes. It starts with Isaiah’s prophecy of salvation, and then goes the coming judgment, after that we hear the third scene, the prophecy of Christ’s birth, and the final one is the annunciation to the shepherds (“Messiah. A Sacred Oratorio”). Every scene includes four or five chorus items; some of them impressed me most of all. For example, №2 (tenor recitative) and №3 aria “Ev’ry valley shall be exalted” are both full of majesty, illuminated by joy. The choir “For unto us a child is born” (№12) fills us with light and tremor; and when plunging into its delicate beauty, we do not notice that choral parts are very difficult, intertwined in polyphonic fabric of the music. It is vividly decorated with violins passages. Orchestral pastoral №13 “Pifa” is built on authentic Italian melodies. In the sound of the strings, accompanying soprano recitatives №14-16, we hear the rustle of angels’ wings, flying to newborn Jesus. The choruses “Glory to God in the highest” and “Hallelujah” have enormous energy and can spiritually unite people.

In conclusion it should be said that the Handel’s message to humanity, embodied in his oratorio “Messiah”, is easy to understand. Miracles have place in our life, and when we feel that we do not have enough strength to live, we need to remember that we are not alone. Handel felt that magical influence of “Messiah” on his life, and he wanted people to feel all the joy of life, the happiness of existence, harmony, energy and beauty too. Handel was a true believer; he understood what it meant to be saved. Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the best examples of Baroque Christian music, as it appeals to both people’s heart and brains, and reminds humanity about love of God.

Related Free Analysis Essays

 
 

Literature Review

If you have any problems with literature review writing, feel free to contact us. We will help you create an exclusive piece of writing.

 

Editing

If you want to be sure that your academic papers are free from any mistakes, use our excellent editing services. Our experts will bring your papers to perfection.

 

Lab report

Turn to us for assistance if you do not know how to produce a detailed lab report. Our professionals will help get a high grade.

 

Movie Review

If you find it difficult to create an in-depth movie review, use our writing services. We will do our best to provide you with a great paper.

 

Speech

Encounter no difficulties with speech writing! We have a team of trained writers capable of creating impressive speeches.

 

Book Review

In case of any difficulties in analyzing books, address our skilled writers. They will assist you in writing a superb book review.

 

Article Critique

If you lack time to read an article and make it thorough evaluation, ask our specialists for help. They can provide a detailed critique of the articles covering any topics.

 

Memo

We offer quality memo writing services. Thus, if you need help with such a piece of writing, contact us without hesitation!

 

Letter

We provide professional assistance with letter writing. Give us detailed instructions and expect to receive a top-notch piece of writing.

 

Case Brief

Get expert help with case study writing from qualified writers! No matter the topic, your paper will be written up to standard.

 

Interview

If you do not have a clue about how to write an interview essay, contact us straight away! We will be pleased to help you write a top-flight paper.

 

Business Plan

Our proficient writers specialize in preparing detailed business plans. Therefore, if you need valuable writing assistance, contact us.

 

Online Test

We offer professional online test help to students of different academic levels. No matter the topic and academic discipline, your test will be done well.

 

Marketing Plan

We have ingenious writers who are aware of different marketing strategies and methods of analysis. They can help you produce a superior marketing plan.

 

Movie Critique

Order a customized movie critique from our respectable company at any time suitable for you! We work 24/7 to help you cope with your workload.

 

Dissertation

Our PhD writers are highly skilled in creating dissertations. They are focused on writing papers meeting the established academic standards.

 

Book Report

If you do not have the slightest idea about how to write a superb book report, address us. You will be provided with substantial writing help.

 

Proofreading

We provide a first-class proofreading service. Thus, if you need help in proofreading your academic paper, contact right away.

 

Multiple Choice Questions

Is doing multiple choice questions tests not your forte? Do not worry! Our experts are ready to give you a helping hand with such an assignment!

 

Article writing

Receive valuable article writing assistance from our accomplished writers! They are good at producing fantastic articles on a variety of topics.

 

Powerpoint Presentation Poster

If you do not know how to create an effective PowerPoint presentation poster, feel free to use our services. A successful outcome is guaranteed!

 

Blog Article

Avail yourself of our fantastic blog article writing service to get rid of academic troubles! We offer customized and original content!

 

Questionnaire

Get help with your questionnaire from our experts to receive the desirable grade. We are focused on customer satisfaction.

 

Synopsis

Buy a customized synopsis written by one of our skilled writers and forget your worries! You will be provided with an exceptional paper.

 

PDF Poster

Do not you know how to prepare an impressive PDF poster? You can count on our writers to help you complete the assignment well.

 

Capstone Project

If you are unaware of the specifics of a capstone project, order it from us. You will receive a customized piece of writing.

 

Scholarship essay

Our professionals know how to write a solid scholarship essay. Thus, if you cannot cope with such a writing project, contact us immediately.

See more testimonials

 
%10% with word count difference (300 words instead of
270 words per page) + 15% off for first time order = 25% off!
X