What are some of the music elements I should be listening for in Handel's : Messiah, For unto us a child is born. Why is this composition special?
For the student,
Since this assignment has to do with listening, I will guide you in regards to listening elements of this piece so that you will know what to look for. I will base my answers from one of the textbooks that I have used in one of the graduate courses I took that had to do with this style of music: Baroque. You may wish to check this book out on your own if you have a chance to as it will help guide you with further listening skils for future assignments as well.
The title of the book is called "The Vintage Guide to Classical Music" with its author, Jan Swafford. Other relevant reference information you need: Publishing Comopany: Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, INc. New York. Date of Publishing: November, 1992. (If you need to paraphrase anything I have researched for you from this book, please document it in the designated style: probably Chicago.)
I feel that it is crucial to provide you some historical background as to how Handel received the assignment to compose such a large work as the "Messiah". According to this text, it specifically stated that,
"In 1741 arrived a historic turn both in Handel's fortunes and in the history of choral music. The viceroy of Ireland invited him in Dublin to produce a charity concert. For that purpose, Handel brought with him a new oratorio called Messiah. Unlike his usual oratorios with characters and plot, this was a loosely connected series of biblical prophecies and meditations ...
What are some of the music elements an individual should be listening for in Handel's : Messiah, For unto us a child is born. Why is this composition special?