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How much do you know about George Frederic Handel's oratorio?
#1 Handel composed the music for "Messiah" in a very short period of time. How long did he take?
#2 In what city did "Messiah" debut?
#3 "Messiah" was originally intended as a work for Christmas.
#4 The libretto for "Messiah" is taken exclusively from Scripture. From which book of the Bible is the majority of the text taken?
#5 The first vocal piece in "Messiah" is a chorus.
#6 What is the first chorus in the libretto of "Messiah"?
For Unto Us a Child Is Born
Glory To God In the Highest
And the Glory of the Lord
O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings
And He Shall Purify
#7 There is a "Pastoral Symphony" in "Messiah".
#8 Part Two begins with the chorus "Behold the Lamb of God". Where in the Bible is this verse found?
#9 In Part Two, the text for several pieces is taken from the passage in Scripture that describes the Suffering Servant. From which book of the Bible is this taken?
#10 From which book of the Bible is the text of the chorus "Hallelujah" taken?
#11 Part Three starts with the soprano aria, "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth". From which books of the Bible is this taken?
Isaiah & Revelation
Job & I Corinthians
Luke & Revelation
I Corinthians & Romans
Revelation & Job
#12 The majority of the text in Part Three is taken from the New Testament.
#13 The chorus "Hallelujah" is the last piece in "Messiah".
#14 There is a tradition of standing during the chorus "Hallelujah". This tradition started in 1743. Who is the person credited with starting this tradition?
Franz I, Holy Roman Emperor
George II, King of England
Friedrich II, Elector of Prussia
Louis XV, King of France
Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria
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