22 Mar 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 sounds, though, that everyone knows. Their popularity has been consistent, and everyone recognizes them after hearing just a couple of measures. For example, when you think about one of the most beloved classical pieces over the last few centuries, Handel’s Messiah would certainly come to mind.
Handel’s music was loved and well-received during the course of his lifetime. Although he was born in Germany, he lived the majority of his life in England. As a boy, his father had chosen him to pursue a profession in law (or something else that he deemed decent), and he discouraged musical training. His father died when Handel was only 12 years old, and ultimately, that young boy ended up following his heart and blessing the world with his musical gifts.
Any other interesting facts about Handel?
He had a deep love for Italian opera, and created and produced several in his lifetime.
He acquired 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 popular 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 known for.
Thousands attended his funeral and he was buried in Westminster Abbey when he passed away. Those people living today don’t have the benefit of meeting the man personally, but we are lucky to be informed with his music. His choruses and melodies stay long after the final notes have been played and sung.
We love moving groups who are headed to concerts! Whether they’re going to watch Emmylou Harris or watch an orchestra and singers perform Handel’s Messiah, music is an essential part of enjoying life. We can get your group wherever they need to be, with plenty of time to be in your seats before the concert begins. Let us manage the havoc associated with driving and parking so you can appreciate your evening out on the town!
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