Behind the Christmas Hymn: Joy to the World

Joy to the World is a paraphrase of the Psalm 98. Originally the Christmas Carol was titled “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom” and first appeared in Watt’s 1719 “Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament” hymnal. The music is believed to be adapted from parts of Handel’s Messiah by Lowell Mason. “And heaven and nature sing” […]

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The Untold Story: Handel’s Messiah

I love to attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah each Christmas.  So where did it begin?  Actually, although the oratorio is most often performed at Christmas time, the premiere took place at Easter time. The oratorio was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel.   An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, choir and soloists. Charles Jennens compiled the scriptural […]

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