A local Atlanta Orchestra performed Handel's Messiah at the Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church last Sunday evening.
George F. Handel wrote the lyrical masterpiece with Charles Jennens, a librettist, who was interested in composing classical music. Yet, these acerbic geniuses sat down and wrote this powerful rendition of Christ's sufferings, his passion and his eventual glorification.
The lyrics for this masterpiece was taken from the old and new Testaments of the King James Version of the Bible. Unlike other classical works, there is no dramatic or lead role because the emphasis is placed on those three important aspects of the Life of Christ.
The opening of Handel's Messiah is taken from the Book of Isaiah. "For unto us, a child is born" was portended that the libretto would be performed during the advent season leading up to Christmas; or, Lent for Easter.
Thus, the first aspect that listeners sat enthralled to Sunday evening was Christ's sufferings: Christ partook of this cup of bitterness to honor his covenant with God, his Father.
The second aspect that the listeners heard was the rising tempo. This symbolize the glory that would be revealed through Christ's resurrected body.
Third, the Hallelujah Chorus was cathartic; the audience rose to their feet and gave the orchestra a standing ovation for a superb performance. It was the crowning achievement of the night.