Christmas Song: The Hallelujah Chorus
The Hallelujah Chorus is the most well-known portion of Geroge Frideric Handel’s “Messiah”.
Handel used the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter to compose his text.
The “Messiah” was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The “Hallelujah Chorus” is at the end of part 2, which concentrates on the Passion of Jesus. This portion has become a famous stand-alone piece.
King George II attended a performance of the “Messiah” and stood during the “Hallelujah” chorus. It is believed it was because he was moved by the piece. This is the reason why we still stand today for this selection.
In 1910, the Tabernacle Choir made its first set of recordings which included the “Hallelujah” chorus. It is believed this is the first recording of the “Messiah” outside of England.