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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Musical Interlude

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From my favorite period of "highbrow" music — the Baroque Period:


I hear echoes of Handel's glorious oratorio Messiah in the above.

4 comments:

  1. Most Baroque music was written to formula, so it's only natural that most of it sounds very similar. Anyine with gthe smalest shred of mysical talent could learn to write compegtently in the baroque stye, because in all the European manifestations of serious music at that time followed very strict rules of harmony, counterpoint, part writing and formal procedures.

    Only the very greatest geniuses of the period, J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and G.F. Haendel, were able to write within the rigid strictures of the Baroque Style and distinguish thememselves notably from the dozens of composers who lived and worked contemporaneously.

    So, it's no wonder this particular offering is reminisiscent of Messiah. Most of Haendel's output would likely prove itself so. Today we just happen to be a lot more familar with Messiah than his numerous other works.

    Accoding to WIKI: "Handel's wrote 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, numerous arias, much chamber music, a large number of ecumenical pieces, odes and serenatas, and 16 organ concerti, and several keyboard suites for the harpsichord. His most famous work, the oratorio Messiah with its "Hallelujah" chorus, is among the most popular works in choral music and has become the centrepiece of the Christmas season"

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    1. In my view, Handel was a genius -- not quite on level of J.S. Bach (Who else could possibly be on that level?) but a genius nevertheless.

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  2. Just lovely. Sound ... it can be so healing or send you to the pit of hell (like the backup beepers on 5 construction projects in my block). This is sublime.

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  3. Thanks for a wonderful choice...nice way to start this morning.. :)

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