The Messiah

“I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Rev 19:6 KJV)

The Messiah

George Frideric Handel had achieved fame by writing operas, choral pieces, and other forms of music. But by 1741 his circumstances had deteriorated significantly. His debts were so large the feared being sentenced to a debtors prison. He was depressed and plagued by sleeplessness and rheumatism.

Then, that summer, he accepted an invitation to produce a series of concerts in Dublin. Also, he received a letter from a man who had written lyrics for him in the past. This letter contained several Bible verses. As he read, Handel felt impressed to set these words to music to fulfill his commitment in Dublin.
Handel locked himself in his study and within three weeks completed an oratorio he called “The Messiah.”
It is said that while writing “The Messiah,” Handel saw visions of the subjects about which he was writing. While composing the Hallelujah Chorus, he “saw Heaven opened and the host of it worshiping the Glory of God.” He completed this masterpiece on this day in 1741.