Messiah 1741 – Handel’s Original Manuscript

12. September 2019, 14:00 bis 15:30 Uhr

Hannover Congress Centrum | Raum 4

How was George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” conceived in the composer’s original version of 1741, before the first performance in Dublin in 1742 and the first performances in London in the 1740s? Musicologist and editor Malcolm Bruno has answered this question in his new edition “Messiah 1741”, including unique material for the user such as the early wind parts discovered in Dublin. Additionally, for the first time, the German text of Johann Gottfried Herder, commissioned in 1780 by Goethe, is presented with the original English text of Charles Jennens. Herder’s work is in its own right a monument of the German enlightenment. It is closer to the original than any other German version in both literary imagination and ease of vocal underlay. Therefore, it offers a perfect alternative for singing, as a “road test” during the workshop will show. The workshop will also examine issues of performance practice such as contemporary 18th-century vocal ornamentation. The singers Beate Mordal (Soprano) and Frederik Schauhoff (Baritone) will present these first-hand, both separately and in the context of the arias.


In Kooperation mit Breitkopf & Härtel.