Angel Anecdotes Series #3–
Tonight’s evening news ended with a montage of “Messiah” Sing-Alongs throughout the country. Despite this age of secularism and an atheist billboard proudly displayed in Times Square, crowds across the nation come together in growing numbers to sing the stirring strains of the Hallelujah Chorus. One woman called it “magical.”
Did George Fredric Handel have “help” writing one of the greatest pieces of music of all time? As a man in his mid-50’s Handel appeared to be well past his prime. A few years earlier he had suffered what was possibly a stroke, paralyzing his right hand. His ability to play a keyboard or conduct musicians had been severely impaired. He complained of blurry vision. He was a man in debt, discouraged, and depressed.
By 1741 he had fallen out of public favor. He had a single commission–to write a composition to benefit debtors in a Dublin prison…
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