“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)
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.
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.