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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Composer Study: Handel {for Christmas!}

Image courtesy of wikipedia

After reading this post by Cindy Rollins over at the Circe Institute, I was truly inspired to use Handel's Messiah as part of our anticipation of Advent this year. I wouldn't mind if it became a yearly tradition either!

I'm so excited.

I downloaded the Libretto (text of the Messiah), checked to make sure I have the complete version on mp3 by comparing the Libretto with the music (many music versions are abridged I found out!!).

Tomorrow, during our Bible/devo time, I'll read from the Libretto and we'll listen to parts 1, 2 & 3 to begin. Then every weekday we'll do the same (a couple of parts) until Christmas Day, when I hope and plan to listen to the whole thing as part of our day.

Like Cindy, mentioned, some parts are smaller and so even if we miss some days (as is inevitable at this time of year!), we can make it up easily.

Download here for free, or buy Handel's Messiah on CD

For further reading:
Wiki on Handel's Messiah
An online study course ( on Handel's Messiah - Libretto and Online listening guide + Assignment


Trisha said...

Thanks for posting this, Amy. Cindy always has such encouraging ideas. Thank you for the extra links, too!

Hodgepodgemom said...

What a wonderful, beautiful study for Christmas! And thank you for the links :) Merry Christmas! ~Tricia

Anonymous said...

Amy, my mother follows your blog and has been for a while - I am about to go on a mission trip to Hong Kong ( and I was wondering if you have any advice? I am a homeschool graduate and the last 2/3 years of highschool I used Ambleside! My little brother and sister are homeschooled as well.

Praying for y'all down there in Peru!

- syd from Alabama

Pebblekeeper ~ Angie said...

Fun! We learned the song to sign language at camp a few years ago and the boys have never forgotten. Love it!

walking said...

Amy, since Messiah started out as a Lent tradition, you can try Part Two and Three then! I love the music and have the alto parts memorized from my days in college.

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