A New Look at the Composer, the Music, and the Message
In his foreword, Dr. Alfred B. Smith asks, “How is it that even today this text and musical composition (referring to Handel’s Messiah) written some 250 years ago, continues to attract an ever-increasing number of enthusiastic performers and appreciative listeners? To help find the answer to this challenging question and to shed additional light on this God-honored masterpiece is the main objective of my friend, N. A. Woychuk, in writing this timely book.”
Over a hundred years ago, editor Frederick Crowest wrote: “Handel’s masterpiece has probably done more to convince mankind there is a God above us than all the theological works ever written.” What was the effect of God’s Word on Handel that inspired such majestic music? Where did the composer get such an unusual collection of Scripture? Why does the oratorio continue to fire the imagination and bless the hearts of so many?
This creatively written volume opens with thirteen chapters of a spiritually focused biography of George Frideric Handel. It is followed an exposition of the 79 Bible verses used in the composition.
- Messiah’s Enduring Greatness
- Impressive Musical Beginnings
- Italy’s Musical Influence
- “I Must Go to England”
- Upon a Solid Foundation
- Birth of the Oratorio Messiah
- First Performance
- Performance in London
- “It Will Rise Again”
- Messiah: Entertainment or Edification?
- Handel and His Messiah
- The Impact of Messiah on the Composer
- Handel’s Masterpiece Lives On
About the Author
Dr. N. A. Woychuk became a Christian as a teenager after memorizing 500 verses from the book of John in order merely to impress a teacher. He founded Bible Memory Association, which later came to be known as Scripture Memory Fellowship, to encourage people, especially children, to memorize God’s Word. Dr. Woychuk is author of several books on the topic of Scripture memory, oriented to various age levels. He also wrote another biography, The British Josiah: Edward VI, The Most Godly King of England.