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    I've often wondered, when Handel wrote "He was despised", was he referring specifically to a particular TC poster or did he have somebody else in mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    My favorite part of the Messiah is the bass aria "Thus Saith the Lord." I love how the notes actually move in a "shaking" pattern for the line "I will shake all nations." Such a great example of word-painting!
    Indeed. All we like sheep have gone astray, with its scurrying fugato passages ("we have turnéd ev'ry one to his own way"), is another. Others include the joyful skipping of Rejoice greatly, the scourging staccato of "He gave his back to the smiters" (He was despised), the jagged violence of Thou shalt break them and the mumbling turba-like passages in Great was the company of the preachers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I like the final "Amen".

    Not only is it great music, but it means my ordeal is finally coming to an end and I can get up and go to the bathroom.
    You wouldn't happen to be this guy, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    You wouldn't happen to be this guy, eh?
    Looks like Trump mixing cement for his new wall.

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    Actually, I believe "Rejoice....oh daughter of Zion" is my favorite part, but only in the 4/4 version.
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    And the Glory of the Lord - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    He Shall Feed His Flock is one of my most favorite sections of Part I. Not only is the music so comforting, but as an organ accompanist it is a time to relax a little during the oratorio.

    Of course I am also partial to the Pastoral Symphony.

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    It' impossible to say. It's a work that keeps coming to my cd player very often. I used to like 'for unto us a child Is born', and he shall purify', 'death, were Is they victory'... But now I couldn't say.

    One of The videos that ia always in my IPad is stephen Cleobury's recording with The King' college of Cambridge.

    Two days ago I was comparing four versions (only Halleluya and amen): Colín Davis LSO live, Leppard with ECO, Hogwood and Andrew Davis. I admit that I prefer boy's choirs to others for this music. I can't help it

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    So many to choose from; every one I see in the list I'm like, Oh yes that's great!

    But if I had to choose one, "He trusted in God" would probably edge it out since it's a determined earworm that's difficult to dispatch. "Refiner's Fire" is close, though.

    And of course the eight-year old in me snickers at "We Like Sheep."
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardibolt View Post
    And of course the eight-year old in me snickers at "We Like Sheep."
    Monty Python's hommage to it. Well, Eric Idle's anyway:



    From "Not the Messiah"

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    Part 3 is my favorite. Not just musically, but spiritually. I think Handel was more spiritual than musical when it comes to Part 3 or should I say, he escalated the spiritual messages whole keep the musical ideas intact. The message is so obvious that the purpose of having a Messiah is for the promises in Part 3. In many performances, some numbers are omitted or shortened. For example, "The trumpet shall sound" usually is only done without the mid section and the repeat. "Be thanks to God" is generally omitted. Even in a lot of recordings, not the full Part 3 is done. I do not think this do the whole "Messiah" any justice.
    "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Does anyone know what Part was Handel's favorite? Also, does anyone know what was carved on his tombstone in the Westminster Abbey?
    "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    does anyone know what was carved on his tombstone in the Westminster Abbey?
    I believe it was "I know that my Redeemer liveth"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    I believe it was "I know that my Redeemer liveth"
    That is correct!
    "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Chorus-wise I like the usual suspects, For unto us a child is born, And he shall purify, All we like sheep

    For the arias my favourites are Thou shalt break them, How beautiful are the feet of them and Every valley

    This leads me to the question - should I always listen to all of it, or should I leave out the bits that don't do anything for me?

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