Music Minute: Handel Composes ‘Messiah’

Filed under: 1741 > Music Minute > Bible > God > Handel > 1740s >

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Hallelujah!!!!!!

One of our FAVE composers (no offense, Bach) has done it again!!!

This time, his amazeballs “Messiah" is rocking churches all over the world. George Frederic Handel composed the masterpiece with the help of his BFF, Charles Jennens, who compiled scriptural text from the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible. The text follows the Messiah from his days as a prophet to his eventual resurrection and glorification in Heaven.

Omg, it’s like a musical version of the Bible. GENIUS!

LISTEN TO OUR FAVORITE PART HERE!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO OUR FAVORITE PART HERE!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO OUR FAVORITE PART HERE!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO OUR FAVORITE PART HERE!!!!!!!

Move Over, Bach!!! We Can’t Even Handle Handel!!!

Filed under: 1710s > 1717 > Music Minute > Royals > Handel >

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We’d like to wrap our hands around that Handel and drink him up!!!!!!!

George Frideric Handel blew our f*cking minds with his Water Music orchestral movements that he played for the new King George I and all his BFFs.

We heard a rumor that he composed Water Music specifically for the King to get on his good side because he screwed him over back in the day. The story goes that before he was king, George had employed Handel in Hanover, but Handel ditched the gig to move to London.

The King better forgive him! We need more Handel!!!

LISTEN TO THE BEST PART HERE!!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO THE BEST PART HERE!!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO THE BEST PART HERE!!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO THE BEST PART HERE!!!!!!!! 

Listen to Up & Coming Composer Johann Sebastian Bach HERE!!!

Filed under: 1713 > Music Minute > 1710s >

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We seriously can’t get enough!!!!

German composer Johann Sebastian Bach has been living in Weimar composing the shiz out of some AMAZEBALL pieces. The one we are most obsessed with is Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, a spooky organ piece that chills us to the bone!!

Listen to it HERE!!!!!
Listen to it HERE!!!!!
Listen to it HERE!!!!!
Listen to it HERE!!!!!

Henry Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen Rocks Our World!!!!

Filed under: 1692 > Music Minute > 1690s >

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This is the hawtest sh*t out there since “Ring Around the Rosie.”

Henry Purcell’s semi-opera, The Fairy-Queen, is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s now performing in London.

If you’re strapped for cash and can’t make it to London to see the play in action, get a small taste for the real thing by ch-ch-checking out the sheet music (above)!!

He’s soooooo talented.

HIT Song About the Plague Makes its Way to America!!

Filed under: 1665 > Music Minute > 1660s >

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Ahh!!! This song is just sooooo catchy!

An amazeballs song has recently made its way over from Europe called “Ring Around the Rosie,” and thankfully the bubonic plague didn’t come along with it!!

It goes like this:

Ring around the rosie
a pocket full of posies
ashes, ashes
we all fall down!

Some say the song became popular when the first black plague took over Europe in 1347, but the plague currently crippling Europe has made the song a hit again. Supposedly the “ring around the rosie” part refers to a red mark — the first sign of the plague — and posies are said to ward off the infection.

Well we don’t care about WHY the song came to be, we only care that it exists!!!

We will DEFINITELY be singing this one for years to come.

Thomas Ravenscroft’s NEW Song!

Filed under: 1609 > Music Minute > 1600s >

Our music prayers have been answered!! If you haven’t already heard, Thomas Ravenscroft wrote a new song about blind mice and it’s soooo good.

The lyrics are:

Three Blinde Mice,
Three Blinde Mice,
Dame Iulian,
Dame Iulian,
the Miller and his merry olde Wife,
she scrapte her tripe licke thou the knife.

Finally something NEW in the music scene! Hopefully he will perform live in our area soon.

Keep the songs coming, bb!!