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Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah: The Unsettling History of the World's Most Beloved Choral Work (Hardcover)

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Michael Marissen is the Daniel Underhill Professor of Music at Swarthmore College. His publications includeLutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion and articles in Musical Quarterly, Harvard Theological Review, and the New York Times.
Every Easter, audiences across the globe thrill to performances of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus,” but they would probably be appalled to learn the full extent of the oratorio’s anti-Judaic message. In this pioneering study, respected musicologist Michael Marissen examines Handel’s masterwork and uncovers a disturbing message of anti-Judaism buried within its joyous celebration of the divinity of the Christ.

Discovering previously unidentified historical source materials enabled the author to investigate the circumstances that led to the creation of theMessiah and expose the hateful sentiments masked by magnificent musical artistryincluding the famed Hallelujah Chorus,” which rejoices in the dashing to pieces” of God’s enemies, among them the people of Israel.” Marissen’s fascinating, provocative work offers musical scholars and general readers alike an unsettling new appreciation of one of the world’s best-loved and most widely performed works of religious music.

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ISBN 9780300194586
Genre MUSIC / Religious / Christian
Format Hardcover
Pages 217
Publisher Date 2014-04-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2014
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.8 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Unsettling History of the World's Most Beloved Choral Work
Edition Number 1
Audience College/higher education
Authors Marissen, Michael
Country of Origin United States

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