Friday, October 09, 2009

The Messiah


Both the girls' music teachers suggested they sing in a choir, so I signed them up for our Community Chorale, and myself with them since I had to drive them on Monday nights anyway. As soon as the Composer found out we were singing The Messiah, he hopped on board too.

What was meant as enrichment for the girls has become a weekly joy for all of us. I would never have predicted that our fall would be informed by Handel's glorious music and so much fantastic Scripture memorized effortlessly, but it has!

24 comments:

Cheryl said...

Is it okay to be insanely jealous? ;-)
You are singing the most beautiful music of all time!

Martha A. said...

I love singing the Messiah!!! I have taken part in that a couple times and it is so neat! I learned so much from the music!!!

caramela said...

Oh Anna- how lovely for you all!
Annamaria :)

Rose said...

How lovely for the four of you. One of my Christmas pleasures each year is watching on TV an English male choir singing the Messiah.

Rose said...

Anna I forgot to add that Nigella's recipe, mentioned in your previous post, is available at Nigella's site.

http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_
detail.aspx?rid=235

Please note that I have placed a hard return after the underscore so you could read the whole URL.

joyfulschrammfam said...

When I was in high school I was allowed to join the local college choir and participated in singing The Messiah. It was a marvelously educational and moving experience for me on many levels.
Someday, I will sing it again....perhaps when my children are old enough to sing it along with me.

Captured by Love said...

Oh, I love the Messiah - I've seen it twice and listened to it a TON! Love singing along! How fun!

Lisateresa said...

I love to play my recording of it every Easter - my favorite part is "I Know that my Redeemer Liveth".

Peter Jones said...

I never comment, but I must say, there's just NOTHING like singing the Messiah. I can relate exactly with what you must be experiencing, participating for the first time. A wonderful way to lead up to the holiday season and prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth.
Julie

Hopewell said...

What an amazing thing to do as a family! I hope you record a performance to keep.

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

I love it! What a blessed experience for you and your girls.

Lisa said...

Just seeing the scores brings back such fond memories. I used to have the entire piece memorized (in alto lol) but it's been a number years now. I may have to do something about that!

Kathryn said...

How lovely! I would love to try something similar in a few years!!

Margo said...

I love singing The Messiah! I have a great set of CDs that we play year round, too. My alma mater invites alumni back to sing with the students every few years. Fantastic.

April said...

We are singers in our family and every Christmas, we sing And the Glory of the Lord, For Unto Us and the Hallelujah chorus. We sing along with an orchestral recording -- no voices except ours. It's one of our favorite holiday traditions.

Have a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Oh Joy! I am so encouraged by all of these comments. I am *all* about having our young children along in regular life, but wanted to mention that my little ones have enjoyed the Classical Kids CD about Handel's life. Mary Brooke
*how precious for your family!!!*

Kristin said...

Wow! I would say I'm envious, but that doesn't sound good. Let's just say I am joyful with you as you participate in such an awesome experience (but I'm a tad sorrowful that I can't join in the fun).

Alicia said...

How fun!

It's amazing how much Scripture I have memorized from learning the Messiah.

Diane said...

What a great double bonus! Love of Scripture and love of music/worship! :O)

An Adventurer in the World said...

and the glory,
the glory of the Lord
shall be re-ee-ee-vealed,
re-ee-ee-vealed,
re-ee-ee-veal-ed.

And all flesh
shall see it together ...

one never forgets ; )

deb meyers

Saminda said...

That sounds wonderful Anna. It is so nice for families to do things together (for us it is musical theatre) - and the Messiah is just so wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Messiah.....in my opinion, some of the best music ever, EVER written. Absolutely inspired, oh yes!

Brenda

Alice said...

Oh, this is wonderful. I have a stack of Messiah libretti as well! The family sings it at Christmas. Your family is going to love it!

Susan said...

This is super cool, and you have the most interesting family! You're a great example of family love and goodness, service, and joyful living. Thanks for that.

Susan

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