Yesterday’s post was a little… crude. So to make up for it, I’ve made a more high-minded choice for the music selection in my A – Z of music – something from Handel‘s Messiah.
Messiah is an opera, with all the music set to Bible verses – taken from the glorious King James version. I’d be shocked, shocked if you haven’t heard the Hallelujah Chorus. But that would be too obvious a choice.
Here’s the first sung part of the opera. It is taken from Isaiah 40:
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
It’s a wonderful message… and when I hear this song I immediately feel comforted: