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Tainted Glory in Handel's MessiahThe Unsettling History of the World's Most Beloved Choral Work$
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Michael Marissen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194586.001.0001

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The Messiah Libretto

The Messiah Libretto

(p.78) (p.79) III The Messiah Libretto
Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah

Michael Marissen

Yale University Press

This chapter reproduces the 1743 libretto of Handel's Messiah and identifies for the first time all of Jennens's historical sources for the libretto's textual alterations to its exclusively biblical passages. It also offers brief commentaries on each of the movements, including indications of the precise relationships of their biblical typology. There is also a section comparing expectations about God's messiah in traditional Christianity and Judaism.

Keywords:   Handel, messiah, typology

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