Messiah! A New Look at the Composer, the Music, and the Message
By N. A. Woychuk
Paperback, 235 pages
Handel's music continues to inspire millions, but where did the genius come from? Take a deep look at the man and biblical message behind the music in this detailed study.
"Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!" (Rev. 19:6). In the English-speaking world, a widely observed custom is for audiences to stand when they hear these great words sung to the soaring thunder of the music by George Frideric Handel. How did God’s Word move Handel to write such majestic music? Where did the composer get such an unusual collection of Scripture? Why does the oratorio continue to fire the imagination and bless the hearts of so many? Enjoy the thirteen chapters of spiritually focused biography of Handel and a fifteen chapter exposition of the seventy-nine Bible verses used in the composition of Messiah. Over a hundred years ago, editor Frederick Crowest wrote: "Handel's masterpiece has probably done more to convince mankind there is a God above us than all the theological works ever written."