Sunday Mediations: Handel’s Messiah

By December 14, 2014 4 Comments

There’s a brilliant, but aging composer, a grieving Christian scholar, a scandalous adulterer. All came together by coincidence or divine providence?

When Handel was given a biblical text by Charles Jennens, he set aside. 18 months later, desperate for composition, he picked it back up. Handel did not leave his home for 24 days; he sat composing until the great oratorio, The Messiah, was completed. It is reported that when Handel wrote the Hallelujah chorus, his assistant found him in tears saying “I did think I saw heaven open, and saw the very face of God”.

This remarkable story has been recreated:unnamed

Handel’s best-known oratorio, a beloved Christmas staple, is the subject of a new BYUtv docudrama, praised by the New York TimesCheck out the trailer, warm up your voice, then watch the full-length version online. 



  • Nina says:

    Oh! Looks really good!

  • Heather says:

    I was reduced to tears as I watch this video; tears of joy, tears of gratitude, tears of awe at the majesty of Handel’s masterpiece. But I was also absolutely flabbergasted by the production value of BYUTV’s newest seasonal offering. There is just not one thing I would change about this movie. I hope copies will be available for purchase so that I can see this again and again and share it with my friends.

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    Very cool – we were just talking about Handel yesterday. Were your ears burning? One of my children received a Handel statuette from his piano teacher at the end of our wonderful recital (it was amazing – my kids have progressed from one handed Jingle Bells to complicated arrangements of Angels We Have Heard on High.) Anyway, this post is timely – we will have to watch the video. Thanks!

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