Sunday, December 16, 2018

Handel’s Messiah

  • 9:26- And The Glory of the Lord !
  •  20:07- O Thou That Tellest Good tidings to Zion !
  • 32:00- For Unto us A Child is Born !
  • 38:07- Glory To God !
  •  1:40:30- Handel's Hallelujah !
  • 2:08:45- Worthy is the lamb !

As for sitting or standing  for the Hallelujah Chorus

An often repeated legend about Messiah tells the story of King George II who was so moved by the “Hallelujah” chorus during the London premiere of Messiah that he rose to his feet and then everyone in attendance followed suit as not to be sitting when the king stood.

Thus we believe the regularly debated tradition of standing during the “Hallelujah” chorus came to be — also giving birth to countless passive-aggressive battles of concert decorum between the sitters and standers.

However, according to various experts, there is no truth to this story. In fact there is no evidence King George II was even in attendance, and it is unlikely the newspaper writers that were in the audience would have overlooked mentioning a royal presence. The first reference to this story was a letter written 37 years after the fact.

I, however, am cycling on my stationary bike in my office. Sitting.

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