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Handel’s Messiah

Music groups travel widely and it’s often fairly inexpensive to see artists that you love perform. And, it goes without saying that, in the realm of music, there are so many styles and tastes, and you may or may not know groups that someone else loves.

There are some pieces of music, though, that everyone finds out. Their popularity has remained consistent, and everyone distinguishes them after hearing just a couple of measures. For example, when you consider one of the most beloved classical pieces over the last few centuries, Handel’s Messiah would absolutely come to mind.

Handel’s music was loved and well-received during his lifetime. He was born in Germany; he lived the majority of his life in England. As a boy, his father had would like him to pursue a profession in law (or something else that he deemed reputable), and he discouraged musical training. However, his father passed away when Handel was only 12 years old, and eventually, that young boy turned out following his heart and blessing the world with his musical gifts.

Some other interesting facts about Handel?

He had a deep love for Italian opera, and wrote and produced several in his lifetime.

He got an honorary doctorate of music from Oxford, though he never actually went and got the actual piece of paper.

He believed in giving back, and gave to the Foundling Hospital, a children’s home in London.

His renowned Water Music was played for King George I on the Thames River.

He wrote the Messiah in just 24 days, and it is the work that he is best recognized for.

When he passed away, thousands showed up at his funeral and he was buried in Westminster Abbey. Those people living today don’t have the benefit of meeting the man personally, but we are honored to be informed with his music. His choruses and melodies linger long after the final notes have been played and sung.

We love transporting groups who are headed to concerts! Whether they’re going to see Emmylou Harris or watch an orchestra and singers perform Handel’s Messiah, music is an important part of enjoying life.

(These sources were used for information in this article:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WYR5TP_Y_JA

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel).

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