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Handel’s Messiah: A Brilliant Blend of Transcendence and Transgression

How the composer (and his lesser-known collaborator) wedded Scripture and music in daring new ways. F or many of us, Handel’s Messiah has transcended its place as a great work of art and has taken on the status of an almost canonical spiritual text. There are few works in the classical repertory that are so well-known and well-loved by such a variety of people. Even people who don’t usually care much for classical music are familiar with this piece.
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