Sunday, December 6, 2009

Handel's Messiah & National Gallery of Art

Dear friends,

My English students will be watching these video clips this week, and I thought you might enjoy them as well. I've added some fine art at the end. Our family went to see Handel's Messiah live at the Bob Carr auditorium a couple of weeks ago.


"Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive" and "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion" are from Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:12, Isaiah 40:9, and Isaiah 60:1. Both of them are in this one video.



"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" is a recitative from Handel's Messiah. It is from Isaiah 40:1-3. "Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted" is an air based on Isaiah 40:4. These are the first vocal pieces in The Messiah.





"For Unto Us a Child is Born" is a chorus in Handel's Messiah. It comes from Isaiah 9:6.






"The Hallelujah Chorus" is the best known section of Handel's Messiah. The audience always stands when this is sung, because the King of England did this when he attended a performance, and he set the precedent. This words to this song are from Revelation 19:6, Revelation 11:15, and Revelation 19:16.




Christmas pictures from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


"The Adoration of the Shepherds" by Giorgione, 1505-1510














"The Adoration of the Magi" by Benvenuto di Giovanni in 1470-1475








"Madonna and Child" by Circle of Giovanni di Turino 1430, painted and gilded terracotta



"The Flight into Egypt" by Vittore Carpaccio, 1515










You can find more art here: Biblical Art from the National Gallery of Art.

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad I remembered that you had posted this on your blog. We studied Handel back in October in our homeschool co-op. I wanted to take my kids to hear this, but the only free performance (in our area)was on a day we already plans that couldn't be changed. We just listened to what you have posted here. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to hear it in person.

    Merry Christmas!

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