Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Random Act of Culture

The following video is a surprise performance of Handel's Messiah at a Macy's Department Store (which just happens to have a fabulous pipe organ in it!) The Opera Company of Philadelphia intermixed with the crowd of shoppers caught them off-guard, but the response is nothing short of phenomenal!  I'm a fan of these "flash mob" performances, but this one is especially nice to see and hear the praise of our Lord in public - and everyone enjoying it.











Was Handel a Catholic or a Protestant? We see this question asked a lot. He apparently was a Protestant all his life - but did go to Italy and was contracted to write songs for the Catholic liturgy.  While he remained Protestant (Lutheran), he did not allow the politics of the Protestant schism to affect his music nor his interest in the Catholic liturgy.  Handel wrote music for Anglican, Calvinist, Catholic and his own Lutheran church. 



 
Links for further reading:
http://books.google.com/books?id=-Z7VTQC7zt0C&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://www.gfhandel.org/reviews/hwv047challenge.htm

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/musiciansartistsandwriters/handel.html

http://www.gfhandel.org/frosch.htm

http://www.answers.com/topic/george-frideric-handel

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