As much a tradition as Handel’s Messiah has become, many people might not know just how it came to be a part of the Yule tradition.  Can you recall these facts about Handel and Messiah?

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* 1. Which photo is of Georg Friedrich Handel?

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* 2. In which year and city was Georg Friedrich Handel born?

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* 3. How long did it take Handel to finish Messiah?

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* 4. How many notes are estimated to be contained in Messiah?

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* 5. Handel rewrote parts of the oratorio to better meet the abilities of soloists and the available instruments with each of the original 13 performances. Historically, Messiah has continued to change with the ensembles that perform it. Which composer re-orchestrated Messiah in 1789 and gave it a more modern sound by Classical orchestra standards?

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* 6. Who wrote the libretto for Messiah?

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* 7. Which ruler was so moved by the “Hallelujah” chorus during the London premiere of Messiah that he rose to his feet causing everyone in attendance to follow suit so as not to be sitting when the king stood, thus beginning a long-standing tradition?

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* 8. The Messiah oratorio premiered in 1742 when the German-born Handel was the preeminent composer.  In which city was Messiah first performed?

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* 9. For which season was Messiah originally intended?

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