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Handle’s Messiah

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December 10, 2017

For many, Christmas music creates joy and inspiration. Among the favorite holiday compositions  is an English-language oratorio composed by Georg Friedrich Handel in 1741, entitled Messiah. Its scriptural text was compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. The music… Read More ›

Greensleeves, a Christmas favorite

As the Christmas season approaches it seems a perfect time to enjoy one of the season’s best-loved melodies, Greensleeves, also known as What Child is This? If you are not familiar with this treasured melody listen  while you read the text below. “Greensleeves” is a traditional English folk song and tune dating back to the… Read More ›

Here’s to Love

Each year on February 14th people celebrate the day by exchanging cards, candy, or flowers with a special person. Do you have any idea as to how it became associated with love and romance? Valentine’s Day is thought to have its origins in the Roman pagan holiday Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually from Feb…. Read More ›

Origins of Holiday and Christmas Music

Holiday and Christmas Music Now that we have experienced Black Friday and Cyber Monday it’s time to think about listening to Holiday music. Christmas music, which has been a seasonal staple for centuries, had its earliest beginnings as chants, litanies, and hymns intended for use during the church liturgy. History isn’t clear as to when… Read More ›

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